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A Psychiatrist Works with Blindness

by Louis S. Cholden

Each patient will react to blindness in a manner characteristic for his personality. He will react to it as an emergency situation which will have most serious consequences for his future life plans. Besides the emergency aspect of the loss of vision, blindness in itself holds a number of special and deep meanings to the patient which must be considered in attempting to understand its effects. These meanings may be discussed from the psychologic, social and vocational points of view. But, because the patient will react to the problem of blindness in a way which is peculiar to him, one might predict within certain limits what the patient's reactions will be, providing we understand his personality structure.

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