The one question about vampirism that I heard the most over the years seems to be, “How can I tell if I am a real vampire?” It is usually asked by well meaning individuals seeking to better understand themselves and some yet to be explained physical or mental condition which has arisen. It is not usually asked by someone that has decided on the vampire lifestyle or by someone suddenly into vampirism as a religion. Those two types of people it seems have already decided that they are “true blood” vampires and are willing to expound on their own personal vampire “traits” and qualifications all which seem to make them much more “vampire” that anyone else. But I digress. So, how is it that you can tell if you are affected with vampirism?
The quick easy answer to that question is that you cannot. There is no test for vampirism. Therefore you can never be 100% positive that vampirism is at the core of your health issues. What you can do, however, is to rule things out. Low energy and constant fatigue are a symptom of countless other health issues and many of those are very treatable. From vitamin deficiencies, to mononucleosis, to depression, and many, many more, fatigue is one of the main signs that something is not going well. Get the tests, do blood work, go see the therapist. Chances are it is not vampirism. Rule out anything and everything before coming to the conclusion that it “must” be vampirism. Vampirism should always be a final diagnosis when all other potential problems, over a number of years, have been ruled out. Keep in mind that all people affected by vampirism have been dealing with fatigue for a very long, long time. And while it may sound cool to be affected with vampirism while you are in your teens and twenties, by the time you reach your forties and fifties, fatigue will have taken its toll on your life and health in other ways. Long term fatigue will have long term consequences on everything from your relationships to your ability to resist the common cold.
Bottomline, before you assume you are affected with vampirism, do your homework on yourself to rule out any easily treatable malady. Then even when you have come to the conclusion that since it seems to be nothing else, therefore it must be vampirism, keep getting the tests. I was first diagnosed with fatigue at age three. Over the years I have had ruled a huge amount of health related issues, including depression, which can cause long term fatigue and have caught and treated several others, (such as cancer and a slight vitamin deficiency), in the early stages. Every couple of years I still submit to another round of tests just to make sure that what I am calling vampirism is not being caused by some other problem. So how do you tell if you are affected with vampirism? You do not, but when you have ruled out everything else over a period of years then you may indeed be affected.