One of Sci’s favorite holidays is here! Halloween, where you get to dress up, pretend to eat brains, and most importantly of all, where all the candy goes on SALE. So while Sci is wolfing down truly sickening amounts of sugar, she invites you to take a spooky jaunt into an interesting disorder: LYCANTHROPY.
Ah, werewolves. We all know about them. Some of us love them.
But do we know where they come from? Where does the idea of lycanthropy arise? It’s not from the dark (or the full) of the moon.
Is it a fantasy? Something not real? Well, yes and no.
…that’s probably not what you wanted to hear.
But in fact, lycanthropy is real, it’s a real manifestation of a severe psychiatric disorder.
Kahlil et al. “Lycanthropy as a Culture-Bound Syndrome: A Case Report and Review of the Literature” Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 2012.