Self-enucleation

Forget Freud and Oedipus, it's all about untreated psychosis

Matthew Michael Large*, Olav B. Nielssen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Self-enucleation is a rare but serious ophthalmological and psychiatric emergency. It has traditionally been considered to be the result of psycho-sexual conflicts, including those arising from Freud's Oedipal complex and Christian religious teaching. However, an analysis of published case reports suggests that self-enucleation is a result of psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. Early treatment with antipsychotic medication in the case of unilateral or threatened self-enucleation might prevent some cases of blindness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1056-1057
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume96
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

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