Blindness, Fear of Sight Loss, and Suicide

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Title Blindness, Fear of Sight Loss, and Suicide
Author De Leo, Diego; Hickey, Portia Adams; Cantor, Christopher Henry; Meneghel, G.
Journal Name Psychosomatics
Year Published 1999
Place of publication USA
Publisher American Psychiatric Publishing
Abstract Numerous studies have examined the emotional impact exerted by sight loss. Research has tended to focus on clinical–diagnostic rather than therapeutic–preventive aspects. Blindness and sight restoration have been reported to induce both temporary and longer term psychopathology, usually followed by psychosocial readjustment. However, in some cases, readjustment may not occur and suicide may result. Together with an extensive review of available literature, the authors present cases taken from their psychological autopsy study database. When compared with a hearing-impaired control group, impaired sight alone can acutely affect otherwise psychologically healthy individuals. Ophthalmologists need to be aware of this problem and to develop closer collaboration with mental health professionals. Serious consideration of this problem and definition of clear guidelines may prevent suicidal behavior.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://psy.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/40/4/339
Volume 40
Page from 339
Page to 344
ISSN 0033-3182
Date Accessioned 2000-01-01
Date Available 2010-09-08T04:57:06Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33843
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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