The history of shock therapy, and the famous figures who've had it

Inside the controversial treatment

Stars Insider

18/05/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Treatments

Many physical procedures developed to help mental illness are steeped in controversy, and many seem barbaric by today's standards. Lobotomies, for example, haven't been performed in the United States since 1967. Shock therapy, however, has stuck around, and today has seemingly as many advocates as it does challengers. While shock therapy's dark history and intimidating side effects are enough for some to stay permanently turned off from the idea, other individuals have taken it upon themselves to spread awareness regarding the positive effects that the treatment can have. For instance, many celebrities and figures from history have undergone shock therapy and shared their experiences and opinions.

In this gallery, let's take a look at the history behind shock therapy, and read up on the stories of the famous figures who've received it. Click on.

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