electroconvulsive therapy


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Recent Examples on the Web The movement, driven by academic researchers and current and former mental health patients, rejects many psychiatric diagnoses and practices, including electroconvulsive therapy, seclusion therapy and the prescribing of medication. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "Bonnie Burstow, Psychotherapist Who Rejected Psychiatry, Dies at 74," 31 Jan. 2020 The treatment is less invasive than electroconvulsive therapy, which works by inducing seizures in patients under anesthesia. CBS News, ""I have so much hope": How deep transcranial magnetic stimulation changed one woman's life," 23 Oct. 2019 But trouble is on the horizon, and before long Dr. Madden (Aladdin Jesse Demps, in a warm performance) is prescribing electroconvulsive therapy. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "CFCArts opens season with moving, well-cast ‘Next to Normal’ | Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Research also suggests that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be helpful for schizophrenia that isn’t responding well to other treatments. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018 Also, for chronic recurrent depression that can be difficult to treat, additional options like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be very effective. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Understanding your treatment options for depression," 1 June 2018 The committee should also encourage greater use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). D. J. Jaffe, National Review, "The Way Forward on Federal Mental Health Policy," 18 Dec. 2017 These conclusions miss key clues, Farah says, such as how Hemingway's condition actually worsened after receiving normally curative electroconvulsive therapy, a contradiction that inspired him to start writing his book. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Multiple Concussions May Have Sped Hemingway’s Demise, a Psychiatrist Argues," 25 Apr. 2017

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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 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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