American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various treatments for mental disorders, such as major depression or schizophrenia, in which a convulsion or brief coma is induced by administering a drug or passing an electric current through the brain. Also called shock treatment.
- n. treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions
“Even in Russia, many were willing to endure shock therapy as the best means to reach Washington Consensus–based policies, because the Asian financial crisis, still three years away, had not yet called the consensus into question.”
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