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Catalepsy-The Living Dead

Updated on April 6, 2015

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.


Buried Alive

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.

© 2015 Mara Alexander

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thank for stopping by here Stargrrl, I appreciate it, and I value your opinion

      Thanks again

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      Stargrrl 2 years ago

      OMG, what a sad and scary topic! Imagine being buried alive. So terrifying. Thanks for sharing an otherwise interesting topic. Voted up.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Ok

      Talk to you in a minute

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      wow we both chose the same hub

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Tara since no one ts here, lets talk

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      TaraLane89 2 years ago

      Here's a good place to talk

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      It can be scary because they've buried some alive. But someone who doesn't have a condition such as epilepsy, or Parkinson's disease, or drug cocaine withdrawals, they don't have to worry about this

      Thanks for stopping by Peach, please come again

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Never knew of this disease, very scary like stroke

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Jodah thank you for your suggestion. I think I'll write more, and make my article longer. Not too many people have heard of Catalepsy, so you're pretty smart.

      Yes that's true about the scratches on the inside of the coffin, I think that's terrible that this happened to those people. This has generated horror movies, and books, and makes a pretty good/plot subject

      Thank you for your support Jodah

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was very interesting Mara/Debbie. I had heard about this and even of graves being opened to find scratches on the inside lid of the coffin from the fingernails of the one buried trying to escape. I wanted the hub to be longer but it made me go and research catalepsy more, so well done. Welcome to Hub Pages.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thank you Tara for reading it

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      TaraLane89 2 years ago

      I have never heard of this Thank you, very interesting

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thenk you, it's something we talked about in class one day, so I wrote about it.

      Thanks too for supporting me by commenting on my article (hub)

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      Prabhjot 2 years ago from Delhi, India

      nice hub Mara. It is quite interesting and knowledgeable......