Definition of shock therapy in English:

shock therapy

(also shock treatment)


mass noun
  • 1Treatment of chronic mental conditions by electroconvulsive therapy or by inducing physiological shock.

    • ‘After my mother's last episode, which was especially long and terrible, the psychiatrist suggested shock therapy.’
    • ‘Oh, and the doctors would also have to perform lobotomies and give electric shock treatment.’
    • ‘Crazy John is to receive shock therapy or counselling for mental illness.’
    • ‘The treatments comprised straightjackets, seclusion, insulin shock and electric shock treatment, that was it.’
    • ‘When she returns home, Mabel announces that she received shock treatment every day in hospital.’
    • ‘It is absolutely true that there is a move back towards or electric shock treatment.’
    • ‘I didn't know the words for electro-convulsive shock therapy, but I don't think that would have helped.’
    • ‘She had become increasingly depressed and had undergone every type of treatment from anti-depressant drugs to electric shock treatment.’
    • ‘Insulin shock therapy inducing seizures by the lowering of blood sugar was used with some success in schizophrenics.’
    • ‘As if that weren't disturbing enough, it seems that electroconvulsive therapy - better known as shock treatment - is making a comeback.’
    • ‘Such language covers a multitude of practices illegal under international law, from holding prisoners indefinitely to physical violence such as electric shock treatment.’
    • ‘Electric shock treatment (cardio version) under sedation is also occasionally used to stop an episode of SVT.’
    • ‘Subjected to two years of shock therapy treatment, it left her facing a life of mental problems and hospital stays.’
    • ‘I'd had the straight-laced Freudian type, the holistic type and the latest one had been a nut for solving things with shock therapy.’
    • ‘Most of the prisoners - arrested since anti-war demonstrations began in mid-January - have been tortured by the use of electric shock treatment and repeated beatings.’
    • ‘Drugs and electric shock treatment are overused and non-psychotic patients are drawn into hospital work forces.’
    • ‘The Orphanage was later converted and became a Lunatic Asylum - home to the insane and an electronic shock treatment facility.’
    • ‘I suppose I was on three weeks of shock treatment.’
    • ‘He received electric shock treatment on a number of occasions and it was while he was in a mental institution, shortly after receiving electric shocks, that he suffered a heart attack and died.’
    • ‘A former teacher died within hours of being given electric shock treatment to help treat her mental illness.’
    1. 1.1 Sudden and drastic measures taken to solve an intractable problem.
      ‘the economic shock therapy tried by Yeltsin's government’
      • ‘In reality, the shock therapy economists were willing to sacrifice speed in this context so as to avoid government intervention, which they regarded as completely undesirable.’
      • ‘We need the War as shock therapy to get the economy on its feet.’
      • ‘All the countries adopting shock therapy experienced prolonged economic crisis and mass impoverishment, although the depth of the crisis varied from country to country.’
      • ‘Even during the early and mid-1990s, anti-Americanism increased in the former Soviet Union after Western-style economic reforms such as shock therapy failed utterly.’
      • ‘Conviction led him to initiate economic shock therapy to pull the U.S. out of the stagflation of the 1970s.’


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