Spell used at St. Mungo’s to treat mental illnesses.
References from the canon
- One reader of The Quibbler wrote Harry after his interview was published and suggested that he needed a course of Shock Spells at St. Mungo's, since he was obviously a nutter (OP26)
This is clearly a reference to shock therapy, a technique used in the treatment of mental illness in the Muggle world. Some see it as a bit barbaric, but it does produce results in some cases.
Tags: mental illness