electroshock therapy


Definition of electroshock 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

called also electroconvulsive therapy

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Recent Examples on the Web Films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest cemented the public perception that mental-health treatment (especially electroshock therapy) was thinly veiled torture. Mona Charen, National Review, "Stepping around Human Misery," 31 Jan. 2020 In one example from 1972, Thomas Eagleton lost his spot on Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern’s ticket when it was revealed Eagleton had undergone electroshock therapy for depression. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "‘No shame in saying I have PTSD.’ State Rep. Emily Slosberg opens up about diagnosis," 3 Dec. 2019 But Garcia’s mother had no interest in returning to the country where her husband was forced to work in an internment camp and received electroshock therapy. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 10 Best Podcasts of 2019," 30 Nov. 2019 The Milgram Experiment was a medical treatment involving electroshock therapy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "David Harbour is Dropping Secret Clues About "Stranger Things" Season 4 on His Instagram," 25 Sep. 2019 Fisher’s honesty about her bipolar diagnosis, and her accounts of electroshock therapy, drew needed attention to mental-health issues. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "A new biography dishes about Carrie Fisher’s tumultuous, bittersweet life," 14 Nov. 2019 Treatments included bed rest and electroshock therapy. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 In season two, Eleven meets Ray Carroll, a former orderly at the Hawkins National Laboratory who was in charge of electroshock therapy and therefor tortured Eleven's mom, damaging her brain. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Dr. Brenner from "Stranger Things" and is He Still Alive?," 19 July 2019 Depending on your views, he either administered electroshock therapy to the sport or disgraced it? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 French Open: Rafa, Barty and So Much More," 9 June 2019

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Electroshock therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroshock%20therapy. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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