Biological Therapy for Psychological Problems: Definition & Examples


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Sherry suffers from severe depression, and modern antidepressants have proven ineffective. Which of the following biological therapies might be a last resort for Sherry?

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1. A common side effect of electroconvulsive therapy is _____.

2. Lois was a psychiatric patient in the 1940's. She suffered from severe schizophrenia, and underwent a radical therapy that caused her to gain a considerable amount of weight, and become very restless. Which of the following therapies did she most likely undergo?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Electroconvulsive therapy, lobotomies and insulin shock therapy are among the topics you'll need to understand to pass this quiz. All of the questions are multiple-choice, and you'll get your scores immediately.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will ask you about the following:

  • What happens to patients during electroconvulsive therapy
  • A side effect of electroconvulsive therapy
  • What insulin shock therapy involves
  • Effects of insulin shock therapy on patients
  • The lobotomy process

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast electroconvulsive therapy and insulin shock therapy
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on features of biological therapy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding common side effects of these therapy types and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Explore these old therapy methods in greater detail in the corresponding lesson called Biological Therapy. Topics covered by this lesson include the following:

  • Biological methods
  • Electroconvulsive therapy and what it sought to treat
  • Numerous side effects of insulin shock therapy
  • Controversy over the lobotomy
  • Why these treatment methods fell out of use