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electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
electrical shock applied to the brain to induce convulsions; used to treat patients with severe depression
light therapy
use of specialized illuminating light boxes and visors to treat seasonal affective disorder
psychotherapy
treatment of psychiatric disorders using verbal and nonverbal interaction with patients, individually or in a group, employing specific actions and techniques
behavioral therapy
treatment to decrease or stop unwanted behaivor
cognitive therapy
treatment to change unwanted patterns of thinking
psychotropic drugs
medications used to treat mental illnesses
antianxiety agents, anxiolytic agents
drugs used to reduce anxiety
antidepressant
agent that counteracts depression
neurologic agents
drugs used to treat psychosis, especially schizophrenia
sedative
agent that has a calming effect and quiets nervousness