Previously published in Examiner
Part 10 of the Vampire series
The Montreal connection with the Twilight (Vampire series)
Montreal-born actress Rachelle Lefèvre landed a key role in the Twilight movie. She says she always had a passion for vampires.
Renfield’s Syndrome is also called clinical vampirism
Renfield’s Syndrome is a type of schizophrenia or paraphilia (sexual arousal). The name Renfield for ths disease was chosen from a character in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, published in 1887. The character of Renfield in Dracula, was an individual who started by eating flies. He had the belief that he would gain their life force if he consumed them. Then he started feeding these flies to spiders, and birds for the purpose of eating them as well and gaining the life force. It is for this reason that Renfield’s syndrome was named after this character. Individuals who suffer from Renfield’s syndrome believe they are consuming power and strength, a “life force” in a sense, by drinking blood.
Known faqs about Reinfeld’s Syndrome
Renfield’s syndrome sufferers are predominantly male, though there are some females as well.
Renfield’s syndrome cause
The condition is triggered by an event in early childhood where, for some reason, the child gets excited over the taste of blood or even the mere sight of blood. In puberty the excitement escalates into sexual excitement.
Renfield Syndrome stages
The first stage is where the Renfield’s syndrome sufferer drinks his or her own blood. The technical term for this odd behavior is autohemophagia or autovampirism. The afflicted individual will cut him/herself to do so.
Eventually, one’s own blood does not seem to be enough to feed the overwhelming need and the next stage is to seek out animals to eat or just drink their blood. Zoophagia is the technical term for eating animals. Renfield’s syndrome sufferers often go to a slaughter house or butcher to buy blood.
The third and final stage is the vampirism stage. The ultimate blood feeding is done on other humans. This stage can become dangerous. Suffering may steal blood from a clinic, or hospital, or they may attack and drink the blood of humans.
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