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shock therapy Syllabification: shock ther·a·py
(also shock treatment)

Definition of shock therapy in English:


1Treatment of chronic mental conditions by electroconvulsive therapy or by inducing physiological shock.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Drugs and electric shock treatment are overused and non-psychotic patients are drawn into hospital work forces.
1.1Sudden and drastic measures taken to solve an intractable problem.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • All the countries adopting shock therapy experienced prolonged economic crisis and mass impoverishment, although the depth of the crisis varied from country to country.

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