Shock Treatment, more correctly known as ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy is the process of passing electricity through a patient's brain, simulating/causing a small epileptic seizure. The rationale behind this treatment is that certain mentally ill epileptics seemed to have a cessation of their mental symptoms after a seizure.

Literary links to this now largely discredited therapy are One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey and Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.