Though they may not all have fangs, it turns out blood-drinking vampires are very real — and they need help, just like everyone else.
A recent study
, published in the journal Critical Social Work
, looked at a small group of self-identified vampires. It suggests that most don't feel comfortable disclosing their identity — even to the supposedly non-judgmental people who are there to help them, including doctors and therapists. When asked about their feelings towards people in these helping professions, the 11 vampire participants responded with statements of intense fear of being judged.
"Psychic and sanguinarian vampires are individuals who cannot adequately sustain their own physical, mental, or spiritual wellbeing without the taking of blood or vital life-force energy from other sources," explained Merticus
, a 37-year-old male vampire, in an email. "Without feeding, a vampire will become lethargic, sickly, depressed, and often go through physical suffering or discomfort."