electroconvulsive therapy


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Recent Examples on the Web There are three types of treatments: medication, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) used in more severe cases. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Doctors use electroconvulsive therapy to treat him, and Paxton's first and only treatment endows him with a freakish sixth sense that leads to uncommon, truly heroic experiences on the job. Courier Journal Staff, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2021 This stay lasts four months, and is finally brought to a close by treatment with electroconvulsive therapy. Anna Altman, The New Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 If someone has severe mood swings that don't respond to other forms of treatment, Dr. Elmashat says a doctor may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which can improve symptoms by using electricity to stimulate the brain. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 2 Nov. 2021 All of this comes together in his account of electroconvulsive therapy, which Antrim believes preserved his life. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Shortly after, he was admitted to the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he was diagnosed with psychosis and prescribed electroconvulsive therapy. Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Sarah’s intractable depression, which had not responded even to electroconvulsive therapy, yielded after an experimental treatment conducted at the University of California, San Francisco. Gary Stix, Scientific American, 4 Oct. 2021 So have Chinese media accounts of abuses, like beatings, electroconvulsive therapy and solitary confinement. New York Times, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Electroconvulsive therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroconvulsive%20therapy. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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Medical Definition of electroconvulsive therapy

: the treatment of mental illness and especially depression by the application of electric current to the head of a usually anesthetized patient that induces unconsciousness and convulsive seizures in the brain abbreviation ECT

called also electric shock, electric shock therapy, electroshock therapy

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