Wendigo Psychosis

Wendigo Psychosis

Noah Larson, Journalist

There is a medical term that is related to the myth of the Wendigo, and it is a very horrible psychosis. To understand this medical term and what happens to a person when they have it a person must learn about the myth.

The myth of the Wendigo is part of native tribes’ culture that lived around the colder parts of the U.S and Canada. The myth goes that a Wendigo is a man-eating creature that is very tall and has sharp claws and teeth. They are known as the evil spirit that devours mankind, and for these creatures to become such evil monsters taboos that belong to the cultures that believe in this myth have to be broken. The way these creatures come to be is when a person eats another person, and then the Wendigo lives on to keep devouring people.

This a really terrifying myth but it gets more horrifying when you learn that this could be true. The way the myth of the Wendigo is true is that there has been a medical term that got its name from this myth, and it is called Wendigo Psychosis. The way that a person could come down with this scary thing is if a person is isolated in an area of heavy snow for long periods of time. When a person came down with this they would start to look at the people that they were trapped with as edible, and the people that have been affected by it say that they are becoming a monster. The symptoms that will show up first in a person are poor appetite, nausea, and vomiting.

There have been cases of this psychosis dating back hundreds of years, so it has been around for a while. A well-known case of this psychosis dates back to the winter of 1878, and a trapper from Alberta known as Swift Rider would be affected by this and he would end up murdering his family and devouring them since there was no food. Swift Rider would be executed by authorities at Fort Saskatchewan after he told them everything that happens. The cases have started to decrease when Native American tribes started to have greater contact with western ideologies.