Article ID: CBB000950373

Electrotherapy and Mental Illness: Then and Now (2008)


Today electrotherapy has reappeared as a therapy of choice for the treatment of depression and other forms of mental illness. It had de facto vanished from allopathic medicine from the 1920s to the end of the century. The debates about electrotherapy mirror the question of whether mental illness was somatic and to be treated by somatic means or psychological to be treated with psychotherapy. Sigmund Freud's move from an advocate to an opponent of electrotherapy is exemplary for a shift in attitude and the decline of electrotherapy. With the re-somaticization of mental illness over the past decades has come the reappearance of somatic therapies such as electrotherapy.

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Authors & Contributors
Quesnel, Christian
Dörre, Steffen
Corriveau, Patrice
Hyrkäs, Eve-Riina
Mason, Daniel
Arnaudo, Elisa
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
History of Psychiatry
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
TG Technikgeschichte
Medical History
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Moelle Graphique
University of Rochester Press
Pickering & Chatto
Inanna Publications
Cambridge University Press
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychosomatic medicine
Psychiatric hospitals
Clinical psychology
Mitscherlich, Alexander
Halliday, James Lorimer
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
Devon (England)
Québec (Canada)
United States

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