electroshock therapy

noun

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

Examples of electroshock therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During pre-trial hearings, Jansen argued that Holder has a history of mental health issues, including undergoing electroshock therapy. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2022 Holder's public defender, Aaron Jensen, said in court that Holder has a history of mental health issues, including undergoing electroshock therapy. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 2 June 2022 From ice-water plunges to the early days of electroshock therapy, from lobotomies (honored with a Nobel Prize in 1949) to Thorazine catatonia, its treatments belong to the pages of a dark dystopian novel. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 20 Mar. 2022 Years earlier, Eagleton had been hospitalized and treated with electroshock therapy for depression. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 Years earlier, Eagleton had been hospitalized and treated with electroshock therapy for depression. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 Years earlier, Eagleton had been hospitalized and treated with electroshock therapy for depression. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 Years earlier, Eagleton had been hospitalized and treated with electroshock therapy for depression. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of electroshock therapy

1942, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Electroshock therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroshock%20therapy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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