Have you ever encountered a ZOMBIE?

May 17, 2007 8:34am CST
How many of you lovely people have ever encountered a zombie? No I don't just mean the movie-style stereotypical type who wander aimlessly about, gazing vacantly and lurching towards their next victim. Although if you have met such a person, please do tell! Maybe the zombie you've encountered shared some of the characteristics of the movie-type of creature, or perhaps you used to be a zombie yourself? Let's hear your thoughts, however daft, strange or disturbing!
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
17 May 07
I used to be a zombie most of the time when I was a teenager. I suffer from a lot of anxiety problems, and when I was a teenager I was very over medicated for this. The medicine made me feel so out of it and zombie like. I hated it but since I was a kid I was kind of forced to be on the medication. Now that I'm an adult, I have stopped taking most of the medications and I find other ways to deal with my stress and anxiety. Sometimes I still feel like a zombie. I have lots of times where I'll "zone out" and just stare into space. I'm not sure if this is just part of who I am, or if maybe all those medications I used to be on caused some kind of permanent damage.
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17 May 07
Thanks for sharing your experiences Kythe. I think it's dreadful that the medical profession would rather zombify people (especially when they're at that vulnerable, developmentally important phase of adolescence) with meds than help them deal with the roots of their psychological problems. This is, in my opinion, one of the problems with the western (and more specifically the modern western) approach to medicine. Science can choose how to look at illnesses, and rather than taking a holistic and commonsense approach, laziness and getting swamped with the little-picture can lead to causing more problems for the patient. I shouldn't worry too much about the fact that you sometimes "zone out" - I think that most people do this from time to time, especially when they've got a lot on their plates. I doubt it's a hang-over from your days on meds, rather it's probably your brain's way of taking a little breather, and just "being". Well done with breaking the cycle of medications - many people find it difficult to do this, as they often feel a kind of psychological dependance on the meds, all withdrawal symptoms aside. All the best, and here's to good mental health without meds!
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
17 May 07
I do feel really good about myself for getting off of most of my medications. I used to be on 7 different medications and 4 of them were psychiatric medications. The withdrawal was difficult but I weaned myself off of that stuff gradually and I got through it. Now I'm only on 2 medications and only 1 of them is a psychiatric medication. This last psychiatric medication that I'm on is an antidepressant, luckily it doesn't really make me feel like a zombie at all like the others did. Maybe I'll get myself off of this one as well someday when I'm ready.
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17 May 07
Wow! That's very good going - 7 is quite a considerable number to have been on. It sounds as though you really appreciate your de-medicated state, having been forced to be otherwise for so long. With your positive attitude and sensible approach of weaning yourself off and only when you're ready, I'll bet you manage to come off all of them in time. And rather than thinking about what you've missed by being on the meds, you'll be able to better appreciate what life is like being off them, which most people don't. So well done you, and I wish you all the best!
@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
17 May 07
Hehe, do friends who mindlessly play video games forgetting that drinking and eating is a requirement to live count as zombies? :P If so I have, and I have been one at times myself as well ;).
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17 May 07
LOL - yes I suppose that does count to some extent! Thanks for your response PsychoDude.
17 May 07
LOL - yes I suppose that does count to some extent! Thanks for your response PsychoDude.
@lancingboy (1386)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Sometimes, I am like a zombie when I first wake up. I even sway when I walk and the side of my body hits the walls lol. Is this the sort of thing you are talking about when you say being a zombie yourself?
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18 Sep 07
LOL - well yes, that does count as being zombified I suppose! I was really just opening up the discussion to any experiences or contributions, be they real-life or silly jokey tongue-in-cheek ones. Thanks for your contribution, and having suffered from such zombification myself in the morning on occasion, I can reveal to you that the answer is a big cup of good strong coffee, and a good breakfast (the coffee is the vital bit there though!). All the best :-)
@rhinoboy (2129)
14 Jun 07
My daughter is teething and subsequently denying my wife and I a proper night's sleep. That's keeping us in something of a zombie-like state. I've averaged around 4 hours a night over 3 or 4 months so I'm running on aitopilot most of the time!! lol I did see once that real zombies are sometimes created in the carribean by voodoo witch doctors. They're fed a mixture of herbs which puts them in a coma forsome time, then revived and kept as a kind of slave by whoever 'zombified' them. IfI remember correctly the show i watched featured a family who had gotten their daughter back, but she was left with some kind of brain damage or something so she stayed in a zombie like state.
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14 Jun 07
LOL - you have my sympathy, and so does your daughter - teething is horrible for all concerned! I hope your sleep-patterns return to normal soon:-) I must say I've never heard of that practise from the Carribean, so that's a new one on me! Thanks for the info, and all the best!
• United States
14 Jun 07
A bum is the closest thing to a zombie. They move like them, smell like them, sometimes even sound like them. A pat on he head cures all, though.