Zombieleaks has strived to track down the individuals who Romero attempted to contact. Alex Wright was one of six. The other five were asked by associates of Romero to provide written submissions of their actions when the Blood Turned and in the aftermath. Following the suppression of Alex’s investigation into the Preservation and the rapid onset of Post-Zombosis Stress Disorder (PZSD), the remaining five recounted events that not only call the supposed truths of the Commandments into question, but much of the actions of the Preservation.
Zombieleaks obtained transcripts of these confessions and have included them in full as part of this data dump.
Since Alex’s death we have shown the utmost care throughout our data gathering process. However, we cannot verify the status of the other five subjects, therefore all personal details have been redacted to protect their identities.
For data organisation purposes, we have classified their cases as:
Name: Dr Patricia Andrews
Position: Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College, London
To whom it may concern,
For the past two weeks, my team and I have been investigating the impact of Post-Zombosis Stress Disorder (PZSD) on three patients admitted into my care. Here I will display my findings and hope that someone can continue my work to fully explain what I have discovered.
Before Breakout Day, post-traumatic stress manifested as a by-product of enduring harrowing events, with the individuals harbouring vivid residual memories of their ordeal. In the case of PZSD it is a singular event – the death of a loved one by their hand – that lay dormant in minds of potential sufferers until very recently.
Despite the reticence of the Preservation to provide confirmation of the existence of the phenomenon from a medical standpoint, teams across London, such as mine at University College, begun to independently assess the symptoms via our relationship with pop-up support centres that were being created, such as the one in close vicinity to us at King’s College.
Sufferers could be categorised by ancillary indicators such as increased heart rate, erratic and unpredictable behaviour and severe shifts in mood. A common thread, one which proved more difficult to sufficiently study, was the consistent appearance of the patient’s victims, those that had been killed by them when the Blood Turned, in their dreams as they slept, and how the perceived mental state of the patient impacted upon the proximity of the victim within the dream.
With such an array of symptoms the disorder therefore takes on varying degrees of severity. A number can function normally after a short period of rehabilitation through a process known as Psychological Debriefing. Patients that fall into this category are encouraged to discuss incidents that they may be ashamed of, or relive, in their own words, the series of events that are impairing their neurological synapses. Psychological Debriefing had been discredited in the medical community for many years prior to the Blood Turning, but was revived as the number of cases increased exponentially and conventional methods proved incompatible with the precise cause of PZSD.
It has been unofficially referred to as ‘Purging’; PZSD sufferers experience deep moral confusion; because they were forced to despatch a family member or loved one when the Blood Turned (it is almost exclusively the case that PZSD sufferers had to dispose of someone they knew and had a close relationship with), they feel that they are responsible for murder by its strictest definition and the associated responsibility weighs heavy. A confessional environment provides a marked improvement, simply because these cases are fathers, mothers, children – normal people, not sociopaths. They need an avenue for their grief. They are provided with structured, amiable surroundings across several sessions in a free-form discussion group with others who faced similar trauma. Among this cross-section, release in an organised setting can work. Psychological Debriefing remains a procedure administered to combat only PZSD and in no other form of post-traumatic stress, but in any event PZSD now outnumbers all other traditional cases by 1000 to 1.
The main drawback of this approach is the sheer volume of patients. There are not enough facilities in the world to treat the disorder with the attention it deserves. Information collected by this education centre evaluates that for every patient who receives treatment for what we define as Category I PZSD, there are upwards of twenty more that exist in isolation and are either surviving without care, or are self-medicating. Our estimates would prove infinitely more accurate if the Preservation was willing to recognise the existence of PZSD, but despite the best efforts of our working group and many of my peers, we remain unsuccessful. Perhaps the findings in our most recent study might prompt a change of approach.
A significant side-effect of the Preservation’s lack of acceptance is the rise of ‘professional addicts’, working people obtaining regular prescriptions for painkillers, diazepam and antidepressants. When the Blood Turned, prescription drug laws were relaxed internationally, the rationale being that we had become more susceptible to mental disease because of the stress of recovering and rebuilding. It was thought that by making controlled substances more accessible to the wider population, we may not only assist in the recovery but lessen the waiting lists at surgeries and hospitals from those whose ailments were magnified psychosomatically.
It was successful initially, but inevitably we have given birth to an entirely new assembly of drug addicts, relying on the state to function in many cases and there is a genuine fear over what would happen if the supply is removed. This would be troubling enough on its own, but in my expert opinion what I find considerably more alarming are cases involving Category II PZSD.
Category I PZSD is manageable in the short-to-medium term. Sufferers can find respite via Psychological Debriefing and in general can retain some semblance of a normal life. However, two weeks ago I was provided access to three patients who had developed Category II PZSD to a level not yet seen. My responsibility was to compile comprehensive psychological profiles on each and attempt to explain the basis for their unexplainable behaviour. I observed closely these three individuals, and while personality variances exist there was a startling consistency across their symptoms.
All three showed the regular indicators of PZSD including, but not restricted to: hyper-excitability, light-headedness and high blood pressure. What has been most intriguing, however, is the lucidity of their hallucinations and the deeply disturbing patterns that emerge from their nightmares.