Psychogenic dejection (PD) is a condition that can affect psions in deep depression and under great mental stress. It can have many effects but the most infamous one is the projection of a psyghost; a psychic emanation of their subconscious frustration, desperation and anger. Psions suffering from PD are colloquially called 'glitches'.
A loud shriek rang through the warehouse, bouncing off the bare metal walls in a cacaphony of alien noise. A bright, pink light danced across the walls from beyond the hundreds of large crates stored in the warehouse. "Oh god, oh god, oh god!" Telon whimpered and cowered behind a crate, visibly shaking. "There are no gods." Carla snarled. "And even if there were, they wouldn't give a fuck about you. Shut up!" The light and the howling was coming closer. "What is that thing!?" Telon yelped. "It's a glitch and if you don't shut up, I'll shoot you myself." Drax muttered from next to him. "You don't want that thing to find us." The howling voice cried out into the cavernous space of the warehouse. "You cannot hide!"
CausePsychogenic dejection only affect psions that are deeply depressed, under great mental stress or otherwise mentally tormented. It is common for these individuals to start exhibiting psychic abilities at random, often unconsciously. Most of these effects only happen when the psion is incapable of controlling their mind, such as when sleeping, when they are unconscious or in a coma. Psions in a coma are known to display these effects even without being in great mental distress. However, only psions of sufficient power are able to project a psyghost as it takes a tremendous toll on their body and mind. The energy required to project a psyghost is often enough to kill them. Most psions will already have drained themselves long before they get to the point of trying to escape their own mind.
EpidemiologyWhile it isn't a contagious disease that has any carriers or transmission vectors, the state of society and the persecution of psions is well enough to drive most of them into a state of survival instinct, paranoia and stress. Mental health issues among the psion population are many and there is scant help for them to get, as outing themselves as psions would be a huge risk. Far from every psion suffers or will suffer from PD even though they may suffer from temporary depression. It requires a psion of sufficient strength to project their psionic energy outwards, and a strong enough emotional distress. Only about 2-3% of psions suffer from PD, far fewer than those that suffer from general depression and stress.
SymptomsThe psion is most often not even aware that they are projecting because they are asleep. Their projected self is entirely controlled by their subconscious mind, as if they were dreaming and act largely on instinct and emotion. This makes the psyghosts incredibly dangerous, irrational and violent.
A psion is a mutated person who, through their mutations, have gained psychic and telekinetic abililites. Psions are feared by regular people, mostly because of ignorance, and are persecuted and hunted by the authorities.