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electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

electrical shock therapy; used to treat depression

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light therapy

use of specialized light boxes to treat seasonal affective disorder

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psychotherapy

treatment of psychiatric disorders using verbal and nonverbal interaction with patients

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behavioral therapy

treatment to decrease or stop an unwanted behavior

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cognitive therapy

treatment to change unwanted patterns of thinking

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psychotropic drugs

medications used to treat mental illnesses (trop/o = a turning)

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antianxiety agents, anxiolytic agents

drugs used to reduce anxiety

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antidepressant

agent that counteracts depression

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neuroleptic agents

drugs used to treat psychosis, especially schizophrenia

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sedative

agent that has a calming effect and quiets nervousness

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