Diagnosis: Vampirism

A horrifying true life story of a vampire.

Real-Life Turkish Vampire Now Cured | Smart News.

In a bizarre story from Turkey, a man just recovered from a condition his doctor called “clinical vampirism”—which was characterized by insatiable cravings for human blood. This man’s disease earned him a research paper write-up in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2011, but following two years of treatment, he’s been cured, UPI reports.

As the piece notes, this sounds like a horror story. The man experienced horrific events and was clearly disturbed. He began to drink his own blood and eventually it led to stabbing and biting others to drink their blood. He did not remember doing this. The doctors concluded the patient suffered from vampirism, dissociative identity disorder, major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Vampirism? How many people get THAT diagnosis? I do wonder how much culture played a part in this. His mental issues may have caused him to act out what he was familiar with in popular fiction?

The published paper is available here.


  2 comments for “Diagnosis: Vampirism

  1. February 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    He is now on a human blood substitute. The secret ingredient is otter.

    (a shout out to my homies who get that joke)

  2. J
    February 14, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I thought the term was simply ‘pica’, but then it is a ‘natural supplement’ of sorts.
    Funny how much culture can influence and sometimes warp things.

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