Vampire health matters… to all of us

dark-beauty-beauty-black-dark-girl-goth-gothic-mysterious-white-960x640ATTENTION: Nothing in this editorial is intended to replace, dismiss nor challenge the advice of a trained and properly qualified medical and/or psychological professional. If you are experiencing unusual physical or psychological sensations, or symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.

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T.

In 2012, shortly following “the great crash”, we re-uploaded a piece entitled “How can I tell if I’m a vampire?

Originally authored maybe a year, or so earlier, it attempted to address some of the questions that we at RVL were faced with regularly.

In it I wrote;
People who are asking whether they might be a vampire are looking for something, either about themselves or their environment and existence. No one can tell you why you feel the way you do because no one is there, feeling what you feel, seeing what you see and thinking what you think. The commonly reported “characteristics” of those who self-identify as real vampires can also be influenced, and hence appear differently, by genetics, environment, health, medications being used (prescribed or not) life stresses and pressures, influence from peer groups, family and personal inhibition can all play a part in developing “odd feelings” in a person.

The psychological impact of media and entertainment cannot be ruled out as having some influence either. No longer are vampires’ undead evil monsters that rise from their graves at night to attack the living and drink their blood. Today, in popular fiction and film, vampires are just as likely to be relatively normal looking, pale skinned, angsty teens who face all the normal problems of any other teenager. It is a new archetype that is much more palatable to a great many.
No one, not I, nor any other can tell you on the internet or otherwise, that you are a vampire and you should be VERY cautious of anyone who claims they can. There are people who will tell you whatever you want to hear with some personal and possibly unsavory motive behind their actions.”

The deeper, and often hidden, triggers that may drive the development of the “Vampire” presence you sense can, more often than not, be ascribed to a number of other causes and it is of vital importance that these causes are examined BEFORE you think anything strange about yourself.

Psychology1The “Vampire” psyche

In her dissertation on vampire psychology, Margaret L. Shanahan wrote;

Jungian psychoanalysts point to the worldwide interest in the vampire as evidence of its archetypal nature. From a Jungian perspective, the myriad varieties of vampire narratives found cross-culturally throughout history indicate that these images are not merely by-products of personal experience but are grounded in species-wide psychological structures. In other words, vampire images reflect significant experiences and issues that are universal in human lives around the world. In short, there is something about the vampire that we already understand intuitively-with the knowledge coming from deep within our psyche.” [1]

If this is true then what you may be experiencing is an upwelling of that deeply ingrained psychological model. In comments made to the Guardian newspaper, In Britain, Edinburgh based forensic psychologist Ian Stephen observed;
The cult of vampirism is to do with power and dominance, using blood to give you energy and immortality. If someone had ridiculed him, he may have needed to compensate for this – something like vampirism may have given him what he was looking for.” At the time he was speaking of a convicted “vampire” killer.

 

Medical-ResearchHealth considerations

There are known to be a number of medical illnesses that cause symptoms which might, with a stretch of the imagination, be construed as being indicative of being a vampire… unfortunately, or fortunately, you are NOT going to be able to be “turned” into a vampire. If you hang out with the right crowd long enough some of their manner and demeanour might rub off and you will find yourself mimicking your peers – it doesn’t mean you’re a vampire all of a sudden.

One medical condition that is popularly cited as being cause for thoughts of vampires is porphyria. The porphyrias are a class of illness of inherited, or acquired, disorders of certain enzymes that participate in the production of porphyrins and heme. (Incidence: Rare)

Acute porphyrias
The acute, or hepatic, porphyrias primarily affect the nervous system, resulting in abdominal pain, vomiting, acute neuropathy, muscle weakness, seizures and mental disturbances, including hallucinations, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Cardiac arrhythmias and tachycardia (high heart rate) may develop as the autonomic nervous system is affected. Pain can be severe and can, in some cases, be both acute and chronic in nature. Constipation is frequently present, as the nervous system of the gut is affected, but diarrhea can also occur.

Given the many presentations and the relatively low occurrence of porphyria, the patient may initially be suspected to have other, unrelated conditions. For instance, the polyneuropathy of acute porphyria may be mistaken for Guillain-Barré syndrome, and porphyria testing is commonly recommended in those situations. Systemic lupus erythematosus features photosensitivity and pain attacks and shares various other symptoms with porphyria.

Not all porphyrias are genetic, and patients with liver disease who develop porphyria as a result of liver dysfunction may exhibit other signs of their condition, such as jaundice.
Patients with acute porphyria (AIP, HCP, VP) are at increased risk over their life for hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer) and may require monitoring. Other typical risk factors for liver cancer need not be present.

Cutaneous porphyrias
The cutaneous, or erythropoietic, porphyrias primarily affect the skin, causing photosensitivity (photodermatitis), blisters, necrosis of the skin and gums, itching, and swelling, and increased hair growth on areas such as the forehead. Often there is no abdominal pain, distinguishing it from other porphyrias.
In some forms of porphyria, accumulated heme precursors excreted in the urine may cause various changes in color, after exposure to sunlight, to a dark reddish or dark brown color. Even a purple hue or red urine may be seen.” [2]

Amongst other conditions that might seem to have “vampiric connotations”, are;

Alliumphobia, is a neurosis that causes extreme aversion, or reaction, to garlic. (Incidence: Rare)

Rabies, or hydrophobia, causes sufferers to demonstrate “vampire-like” symptoms. These may include a desire to bite others. The hydrophobia virus attacks the nervous system wherein it may cause oversensitivity to sunlight and to visual stimuli, such as mirrors.
People who contract the illness often become delirious, aggressive and suffer from hallucinations. The disease can also affect portions of the brain that control sleep patterns, leading to insomnia, nocturnal sleeplessness and hypersexuality,

Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is a rare genetic disorder that affects tooth development and causes abnormal development of teeth, which may come at a later than average age. In some cases, many of the teeth are absent except for the canines, which in effect appear to be protruding, and the teeth that do grow in are pointed,

Xeroderma Pigmentosum, or XP, is an extremely rare genetic disorder. It causes a person’s DNA to be unable to effectively repair the damage caused by ultraviolet light. Sufferers of XP develop severe sunburns, even with the most minimal exposure. Other effects can include skin blisters and the development of oozing, raw wounds on the surface. Even some indoor lighting, such as incandescent light bulbs, emit UV rays and should be avoided. Other symptoms of XP may include a painful eye sensitivity to sunlight, causing them to become irritated and appear bloodshot. This may also be accompanied by a glossy white thinning of the skin.

From the very outset of your inquiries you MUST examine ALL medical/ physical possibilities, it could be that you do have an illness which may be life threatening. Please, consult a qualified medical practitioner at the earliest opportunity, if only to be sure in your own mind.

Mind over matter

Let’s assume we’ve covered the major, if rare, medical conditions that might give rise to suspicions of “vampirism”. We need to move on and consider the ramifications of mental health.

One particular study, conducted in 2013 within the vampire sub-culture, revealed the following;
From a set of 250 responses 92 respondents claimed to have NO mental health issues in reference to the presented lists of options.

That left 158 remaining, and those 158 indicated suffering from disorders ranging from a simple clinical Depression all the way up to Schizophrenic disorders and, within these responses, there were those who suspected themselves to be suffering some sort of mental health issue but, as yet, remained undiagnosed.

To put it into a national, United States, perspective “an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people
In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.” [3]

Again, this is something that can’t be ignored.
If you believe you may be suffering a diagnosable mental health issue please get in touch with a medical professional as quickly as possible. If you experience any symptoms, such as audio or visual anomalies, please get in touch with your health provider as quickly as possible – the longer the delay the worse the problem becomes.

 

As Margaret Shanahan observed in her paper, “Among several narcissistic disorders described by Kohut and Wolf that are relevant for an inquiry into the vampire myth, what they denoted as the “mirror-hungry personalities” is of special importance (Kohut and Wolf, 1978). Mirror-hungry personalities “thirst for self-objects whose confirming and admiring responses will nourish their famished self.” Because of their deep-felt lack of worth and self-esteem, these persons have a compulsive need to evoke the attention and energy of others.
And, “…Wolf elaborates: Despite their discomfort about their need to display themselves and despite their sometimes severe stage fright and shame they must go on trying to find new self-objects whose attention and recognition they seek to induce.

Such mirror-hungry personalities often manifest arrogant superiority. If this arrogance is not affirmed and accepted they will often withdraw into what self-psychologists call “a grandiose retreat” seeking refuge in isolation in order to shore up their self-esteem.

As you can see, there are lots of considerations to be addressed before a person can leap in the air and yell, “Whoooopeeee… I iz a vampire…!” and start sparkling madly, even if everything is checked out and you are medically and psychologically 100%, A-1, Top o’ th’ World you need to be very careful about how you proceed from therein… it’s not always the safest place to be, on the nightside.

Good luck and if you find you have questions that you can’t seem to get straight answers to, please, feel free to contact us by email to – rvlmail@yahoo.com

Kind regards,
T.
ATTENTION: Nothing in this editorial is intended to replace, dismiss nor challenge the advice of a trained and properly qualified medical and/or psychological professional. If you are experiencing unusual physical or psychological sensations, or symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.

Psychological Perspectives on Vampire Mythology. Shanahan, Margaret L.
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porphyria#Acute_porphyrias
3. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#Intro

Further reading:
Albers JW, Fink JK (2004). “Porphyric neuropathy”. Muscle Nerve 30 (4): 410–422. doi:10.1002/mus.20137. PMID 15372536.
Roelandts R (2000). “The diagnosis of photosensitivity”. Arch Dermatol 136 (9): 1152–1157. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.9.1152. PMID 10987875.
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