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Used by TruTVEdit

This term was used by TruTV to describe the serial killer, Richard Chase. The exact quote being "Chase was returned to the hospital, ending up at Beverly Manor, a facility for mental patients, where he earned the nickname, Dracula. He often spoke about killing rabbits and one day he was found with blood around his mouth. Two dead birds, their necks broken, lay outside his window. The classic Renfield Syndrome." I think it is clear that respectable journalists and writers use the term, and should be kept on wikipedia, or at least, another article about vampirism should be combined with this one. The quote came from this link if I'm allowed to put links. (talk) 23:51, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Not another oneEdit

I know people are supposed to be bold and all, but do we need yet another article on this? We already have Vampire lifestyle, Sanguinarians etc. This seems more like a footnote in another article instead of a full fledged one. DreamGuy 01:36, 5 January 2006 (UTC)

The Renfield Syndrome is a psychological condition. Sanguinarians believe that their condition is physical and therefore it does not apply. This article needs improvement but it does not need to be merged; this article deals with a psychological problem, Vampire lifestyle deals with a form of Goth subculture.--– sampi (talkcontrib) 06:12, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

Everyone with renfield's thinks their condition is physical that is one of the characteristics of the illness. Vampire lifestyle Sanguinarians and this article should all be merged into a proper dissertation on this special mental illness. 12:00, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

See my comments on the other aticle. NeoFreak 17:52, 14 May 2007 (UTC)


Are there any valid sources which cite this "Reinfeld's Syndrome" as an actual condition? It is not mentioned in any psychological texts, and any Internet search yields only results posted by sanguinarian enthusiasts.

There are two main classification indexes for psychiatric disorders that are currently in international use (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edition) by the American Psychiatric Association and The ICD-10 by the World Health Organisation). Neither of these texts include a "Renfield's Syndrome" as a diagnosable condition. My suggestion is that if Renfield's syndrome can be verified as an actual condition that has been identified and named by one or more practitioners (albeit not included in generally acepted disease taxonomies), it be inlcuded under the category of "Psychosis" for wikipedia purposes. Kempie 22:20, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Wrong DefinitionEdit

I recall this term when it first surfaced many years ago, and it was applied to a disorder in which a person had a compulsion to eat blood, insects, OR OTHER NON-FOOD ITEMS, such as batteries, pins, paper, etc.... Obviously this is a far cry from the definition that appears on this site at the moment. Not only does this article NOT need to be merged with the Sanguinarian article, it needs to be extensively overhauled and referenced, because it was not originally strongly associated with vampirism, and was not synonymous with anything termed 'clinical vampirism' WingedWolfPsion 8:14, 1 November 2006

That's pica disorder.

For the sake of the SanguinariansEdit

The article suggest that a link between the drinking of blood and sexual arousal is always inherant (at least after puberty) but from what I have read, sexual arousal from blood is not a symptom in itself, simply how many people experience the symptom of some form or excitement or pleasure that comes from drinking blood (ie: one could still be diagnosed with Renfields Syndrome if the percieved affect on you is not sexual). Usually, I would not make such a sepperation, but I know that many Sanguinarian enthusiasts do not like the i dea of a link between the drinking of blood and anything sexual, so I feel it only fair to suggest maintaining that same sepperation in this article. (talk) 13:37, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Link not workingEdit

The crime library link doesn't work, it goes to a page that got moved — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:36, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Repeated materialEdit

Paragraphs 5 and 6 of the introduction repeat material from paragraph 2 and should be removed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:43, 4 August 2012 (UTC)

Article needs to be rewrittenEdit

Renfield's syndrome and Clinical Vampirism are two completely different topics.

Renfield's syndrome is a mental condition leading someone to believe that they are a Hollywood-style vampire.

Clinical Vampirism is when a person has a thirst or taste for blood, which can be accompanied by a weaker immune system if they haven't fed or a stronger one if they have. Symptoms beside the obvious thirst can include Hypersensitive Senses which may induce Photo-sensitivity, sensitivity to strong smells, or to high or low pitch or loud sounds. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:59, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

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