• Can an optic nerve stroke trigger secondary mania?


    Question:

    Can an optic nerve stroke trigger secondary mania, which will then require psychiatric medication?


    Answer:

    You may be referring to ischemic optic neuropathy, when blood flow is interrupted to the optic nerve (ION). No, ION would not typically trigger secondary mania requiring psychiatric medication. The vision changes resulting from ION might cause anxiety or depression, which could conceivably trigger mental or emotional distress in someone with pre-existing risk factors.


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