Shock therapy (psychiatry)

Shock therapy describes a set of techniques used in psychiatry to treat depressive disorder or other illnesses, by inducing seizures or other extreme brain states.

The only form in current clinical practice is electroconvulsive therapy. Other forms, no longer in use, include:

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  1. ^ a b Gillespie, R.D. (1938). "Schizophrenia". The British encyclopaedia of medical practice, Volume 10. London: Butterworth & co. pp. 311–312.