electroconvulsive therapye·lec·tro·con·vul·sive therapy
a procedure used to treat serious mental illness, as severe depression or mania, in which an electric current is passed through the brain to cause a brief, controlled surge in electrical activity
Administration of electric current to the brain through electrodes placed on the head in order to induce seizure activity, used to treat certain psychiatric disorders, especially severe depression. Also called electroshock . Also called electroshock therapy . Also called shock therapy .