Definition of electroconvulsive in English:



  • Relating to the treatment of mental illness by the application of electric shocks to the brain.

    ‘a course of electroconvulsive therapy’
    • ‘Last, for severe or treatment refractory depression, electroconvulsive therapy is often curative.’
    • ‘If antidepressants don't work, you may respond to electroconvulsive therapy, which uses electricity to induce brain seizures that relieve depression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But for others, the answer may be electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT.’
    • ‘Many of these patients can be helped with electroconvulsive therapy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a course of electroconvulsive therapy patients need to take an antidepressant medication to prevent the depression from relapsing.’