Reported Visual Impairment and Risk of Suicide: the 1986-1996 National Health Interview Surveys

Relationships between reported visual impairment & suicide were examined using structural equation modelling. Data was gathered from the American annual cross-section multistage area probability surveys, 1986-1999. 200 suicides were identified. After controlling for survey design, age, sex, ethnicity, marital status, number of nonocular health conditions, & self-rated health, the direct effect of visual impairment on […]

Caught in the Chasm: Literary Representation and Suicide Among People With Impaired Vision

Both fictional & factual discourses have situated visual impairment in a causal relationship with suicide. This article compares samples of these discourses in order to suggested the fiction may have some bearing on the facts. This alternative explanation becomes all the more thought-provoking when it is considered that not only visual impairment but also visual […]

Self-Inflicted Blindness and Brown-SŽquard Syndrome

This article presents the case study of a schizophrenic man who suffered a psychotic episode & attempted suicide. The injuries he sustained from his attempt were consistent with Brown-SŽquard syndrom & included blindness. Within a year the patient completed suicide during a period of noncompliance with antipsychotic medication. (4 refs)

Blindness, Fear of Sight Loss, and Suicide

Psychosocial readjustment often follows sight loss, but in some cases it does not & suicide may occur. Together with an extensive literature review, the authors present cases from their psychological autopsy study database. When compared with a hearing-impaired group, impaired sight alone can acutely affect otherwise psychologically healthy individuals. Opthamologists need to develop closer collaboration […]

Blindness, Diabetes, and Amputation: Alleviation of Depression and Pain Through Thermal Biofeedback Therapy

This article describes a 39 year-old man suffering from diabetes who had become blind & a double amputee as a result of its complications. The patient was depressed & expressed suicidal ideation. The patient was treated through thermal biofeedback, which teaches patients how to increase their blood flow through machinery & imagery. The patient was […]

What we Fail to see

This article describes the physician-patient relationship in the case of a 70-year-old man in a nursing home with 2 large ripe cataracts who initially had refused to let anyone work onhis eyes, saying that maybe his blindness was God’s plan. Finally, he agreed to a cataract operation. As his vision returned he became argumentative & […]

Blind Volunteers in a Computerized Crisis Hotline

Pre-Education of the Potentially Blind as a Deterrent to Suicide

This is a case report of a 30 year old man who presented with depression. During psychotherapy, he lost vision in one eye. When the vision in his remaining eye was also threatened he committed suicide. The discussion points out that the subject of rehabilitation should be introduced before the onset of blindness so that […]

Reactions to Blindness: an Exploratory Study of Adults With Recent Loss of Sight

Suicide After Restoration of Sight (Continued)

Reactions of previously blind persons to the restoration of sight are presented in this letter to the editor, contained in the JAMA journal.(NBB)

Suicidal Behavior and External Constraints

The paper discusses the hypothesis that suicide is common where external frustrations & restraints are minimal. Hypothesis was used to account for several phenomena, such as the high suicide rate on the West Coast, the high rate in the spring, & the low rate during war, & to predict other cases where suicidal behaviour might […]

The Newly Blind: Mental Distress, Somatic Illness, Disability and Management