shock therapy


(not in technical use) any of various therapies, as insulin shock therapy or electroconvulsive therapy, that induce convulsions or unconsciousness, used for symptomatic relief in certain mental disorders.

Origin of shock therapy

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called shock treatment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shock therapy

ECT, EST, electrotherapy, psychosurgery

British Dictionary definitions for shock therapy

shock therapy

shock treatment


the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by injecting drugs or by passing an electric current through the brain (electroconvulsive therapy) to produce convulsions or coma
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shock therapy in Medicine

shock therapy


Any of various treatments for mental disorders, such as major depression or schizophrenia, in which a convulsion or brief coma is induced by administering a drug or passing an electric current through the brain.shock treatment
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shock therapy in Culture

shock therapy

The treatment of a mentally ill person by passing electric shocks through the brain.

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