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Relating to the treatment of mental illness by the application of electric shocks to the brain.
- ‘After a course of electroconvulsive therapy patients need to take an antidepressant medication to prevent the depression from relapsing.’
- ‘If antidepressants don't work, you may respond to electroconvulsive therapy, which uses electricity to induce brain seizures that relieve depression.’
- ‘Other forms of treatment were electroconvulsive therapy, discussion of the evils of homosexuality, desensitisation of an assumed phobia of the opposite sex, hypnosis, psychodrama, and abreaction.’
- ‘But for others, the answer may be electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT.’
- ‘Then electroconvulsive therapy, developed in the 1930s for treatment of depression, showed that the brain could be stimulated by applying electric current through the skull.’
- ‘She was still no better, so I suggested she consider electroconvulsive therapy.’
- ‘Its first medical use was to prevent fractures in electroconvulsive therapy.’
- ‘Treatment with electroconvulsive therapy was more effective than drug treatment in the short term, bilateral stimulation was more effective than unilateral, and high dose more effective than low dose.’
- ‘Last, for severe or treatment refractory depression, electroconvulsive therapy is often curative.’
- ‘Many of these patients can be helped with electroconvulsive therapy.’
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