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

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My therapists had recommended extreme treatments like electroshock therapy, a procedure that frightened me due to reports of memory loss from those who had undergone it, but had never mentioned this. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 If not, electroshock therapy would be my next step. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 Some who have experienced them report being forced to ingest nausea-inducing drugs and subjected to electroshock therapy while viewing homoerotic images, practices designed to condition a negative reaction to their homosexual feelings. Robbie Short, SFChronicle.com, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018 An earlier book, Loved, about a woman whose electroshock therapy sends her into alternate realities and times, is being developed for the screen by Madonna. Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Little House on the Prairie' Bio, Andrew Greer's Comedic Novel Win Pulitzer Book Prizes," 16 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, Mama doesn't have the answers — she's stuck in a dream circle reliving key moments in Eleven's abduction and her own electroshock therapy. Patti Greco, Cosmopolitan, "Eleven Is Better Off Without the Boys on Stranger Things 2," 30 Oct. 2017 At the age of 13, Topp was involuntarily committed to a state hospital and received electroshock therapy for an undefined mental illness. Jessica Pishko, Slate Magazine, "Sheldry Topp was a juvenile when Michigan sentenced him to life in prison. He’s 72 now. It’s time to let him go free.," 17 July 2017

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