11 Shocking Psychiatric Treatments Doctors Have Actually Used

11. Lobotomy

The first psychiatry treatment designed to alleviate suffering by surgically disrupting brain circuits that might cause symptoms of mental illness is also one of the few to be honored with a Nobel prize. Developed by Portuguese doctor Egas Moniz, who believed that mental illnesses were caused by problems in the neurons of the brain’s frontal lobe, the lobotomy basically removed all or part of the lobe through surgery. Moniz was awarded the Nobel
11. Lobotomy