Catalepsy-The Living Dead
What is Catalepsy?
Catalepsy is a serious medical condition of the nervous system that causes a person to go into a trance state that can be confused with death. They are in a sort of coma
The Symptoms Of Catalepsy
There is loss of sensation and consciousness, the body of the victim becomes rigid, the limbs remain in the same position in which they are placed, the person loses control of their muscles, their body functions slow, and there is no response from the catatonic person. Breathing, pulse, and heartbeat can become undetectable, and the person taken for dead.
How Long Do The Episodes Last?
The attack may vary from a few minutes to several days, although the latter occurs only in exceptional cases.
Some people in this state that have been taken for dead, have been buried alive, at least in the old days before they knew much about it. Because of this illness stories have been circulated about people been buried alive, and writers have used it as the main plot in some of their stories.
What Causes Catalepsy?
Catalepsy is a symptom of certain disorders, and conditions such as epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease. It can also be a symptom of drug withdrawal such as cocaine. Some people receiving treatment for schizophrenia have experienced Catalepsy. Medicines that can send someone into the trance state is haloperidol, and ketamine.
Symptoms include: rigid body, rigid limbs, limbs staying in same position when moved (waxy flexibility), no response, loss of muscle control, and slowing down of bodily functions, such as breathing
Putting Oneself Into A Catatonic Trance
Catalepsy is a pathological condition of the nervous system, not a hypnotic trance, that is brought on by extreme mental emotions (anguish) in some people
Some Easterners such as the Muslims, and Hindus have been known to put themselves into a cataleptic sleep lasting from a few to several months, and cases have even been reported where they permitted themselves to be buried, being exhumed when the grass had grown over their graves. All I can say is that those buried, must have trusted in their peers wholeheartedly, in order to leave it up to them to unearth them.
Some forms of trance induced by hypnotism appear similar to the cataleptic state.
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