Year : 1996  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 269--270

Self-Enucleation in Depression : A Case Report


KN Rao1, Shamshad Begum2 
1 Professor of Psychiatry, J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere - 577 004, India
2 Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere - 577 004, India

Correspondence Address:
K N Rao
Professor of Psychiatry, J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere - 577 004
India

Self- enucleation is a rare and an extreme form of self - mutilation, most commonly reported in schizophrenia. Many forms of self - injuries have been described in depression. However severe form of self- mutilation without suicidal intention, especially self- enucleation is rarely reported. In the present case self- enucleation is described as an expression of aggression in a depressive patient threatened with inter-personal loss. Aggression turned inwards is one of the major psychodynamic explanations in depression. In depressive syndrome self- mutilation, whether mild or severe is an expression of loss of affective (aggression) control.


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Rao K N, Begum S. Self-Enucleation in Depression : A Case Report.Indian J Psychiatry 1996;38:269-270


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