electroconvulsive therapy

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e·lec·tro·con·vul·sive therapy

n. Abbr. ECT
Administration of electric current to the brain through electrodes placed on the head in order to induce seizure activity, used to treat certain psychiatric disorders, especially severe depression. Also called electroshock, electroshock therapy, shock therapy.

electroconvulsive therapy

(Psychiatry) med the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by passing an electric current through the brain to induce coma or convulsions. Abbreviation: ECT Also called: electroshock therapy See also shock therapy

e•lec′tro•con•vul′sive ther′apy

(ɪˈlɛk troʊ kənˈvʌl sɪv, ɪˌlɛk-)
the application of electric current to the head in order to induce a seizure, used to treat serious mental illnesses. Abbr.: ECT Also called electroshock.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.electroconvulsive therapy - the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and comaelectroconvulsive therapy - the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
electric healing, electrical healing, electrotherapy, galvanism - the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
shock therapy, shock treatment - treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions

electroconvulsive therapy

[ɪˌlektrəʊkənvʌlsɪvˈˈθerəpɪ] Nelectroterapia f
see ECT

electroconvulsive therapy

[ɪˌlɛktrəʊkənˈvʌlsɪvˈθɛrəpɪ] electroshock therapy [ɪˈlɛtrəʊˌʃɒkˈθɛrəpɪ] nelettroshockterapia

e·lec·tro·con·vul·sive ther·a·py

n. terapéutica de choque, electrochoque, tratamiento de ciertos desórdenes mentales con aplicación de corriente eléctrica al cerebro.
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In response to a presentation advocating the use of electro-convulsive shock treatment as a "cure" for homosexuality, activists shouted "off of the couches and into the streets" and resolved to disrupt future APA meetings until homosexuality was no longer regarded as an illness by psychiatry.
Early 1930s: The notorious lobotomy was introduced, and electro-convulsive shock treatment continued as a dominant practice.
She repeats the key images of dismembered body parts: skin, foot, nose, eye, teeth, flesh, bone, face, heart, blood and hair, and the multivalent "charge," meaning the fee from the crowd that watches her perform (like Franz Kafka's "Hunger Artist") her suicide act, the vicarious thrill they get from observing her self-destruction and the current that shot through her body during her electro-convulsive shock treatments (gruesomely described in her novel The Bell Jar.)

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