Clinical Vampirism is a psychiatric illness. It is termed as “Renfield’s Syndrome” in medical field. The sufferer sees himself as a vampire. He has the urge to consume blood. Science believes that this urge rises due to power of blood. That is the person feels attracted towards the bold. He has a strong tendency to consume blood.
It is termed as “Renfield’s Syndrome” because of the similarities between such patient and Dracula. Renfield is a patient who has a strong ability to eat spiders and flies. It means he has a strong urge to consume lives. So is the case with vampirism patient.
All the observations suggest that male gender is more prone to have Renfield’s Syndrome.
There are two basic stages of this psychiatric syndrome
Any event has occurred before puberty that causes the child to be thrilled by sight of blood. Any injury causing bleeding may be the source.
At this stage, person tries to drink his own blood. It is called auto vampirism. The person can also drink other person’s blood.
In this type person drinks his own blood.
In this type, person has the tendency to eat other living animals. He also tries to drink their blood. Source of such animals is usually an animal from slaughter house or butcher shop.
In this type, patient’s attention is shifted toward human beings. He can steal blood from hospitals he may also go to a blood bank.
It is a very rare disorder. It is not commonly seen in any society these days.
It is not recognized as a full fledge disease in any Psychiatric Manual. It is considered to be a subtype of Schizophrenia.
While reading the article, you may think of yourself as a Dracula. To rule out Clinical Vampirism, you should ask following questions from yourself.
If the answers to these questions are “yes”, you may be a victim of Vampirism.
As the disease is a psychological illness, it treatment lies in psychiatric treatments.