Electroconvulsive therapy  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are induced with electricity. It is most often used for cases of severe clinical depression which have not responded to other treatments.

In literature, movies and television

Electroconvulsive therapy has been depicted in fiction and works based on true experiences. These include The Snake Pit, Quantum Leap (TV series), Frances, Requiem for a Dream, the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey as well as the movie adaptation, Melrose Place, The Caretaker, The Best of Youth, House; The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Shine, the film version of Girl, Interrupted, Insanitarium, Changeling, Ciao! Manhattan, Next to Normal, Return to Oz, Private Practice, Ghost Whisperer, From Beyond, the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, "A Beautiful Mind", Helen, Oz, and "The Wolfman (2010 film)."

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