Shock Therapies in Psychiatry

Did you know that…..

Shock Therapies were introduced in Psychiatry in the last century ?

Most mental hospitals used Shock Therapies throughout the twentieth century.

There were three main types of Shock Therapies,

  • Hypoglycemic shock therapy,
  • Cardiazol shock,
  • Electric convulsions shock.

The Electric shock therapy was the most popular shock therapy.

The application of the shock therapy was widely accepted because there was no a more rational and effective treatment.

Shock Therapies also mean lower health care costs for most countries, but the scientific validity and the effects of shocks has been questioned.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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