The Chinese Ministry of Health has allegedly put an end to the use of electroshock treatments as a treatment for teenage "Internet addiction." Apparently, a clinic in Linyi, Shandong has been conducting the "treatment." According to a China Daily article, "Internet addiction is a growing problem in China... Many adolescents... spend several hours each day playing computer games." That's it? From China Daily:
The China Daily reported last month that more than 3,000 young people were tricked or forced into in to the four-month long course. To enroll their children, parents or guardians had to sign a contract acknowledging that they would be given electric shocks of up to 200 milliamperes. The treatment cost 6,000 yuan ($878) per month. Patients were considered “cured” or “reborn” once they admitted to their addiction.
"Ministry halts controversial electrotherapy program for Internet addicts" (via Fortean Times)
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