noun: [SEE-ken] / a sufferer of: [seek-END] / verb: [SEEkh]
Transmission & Vectors
Though the initial infection is through an imbalance in mental or physical health for an individual, Seekin is also viewed as being transmittable as a social disease, transmitted through an untreated infected's regular interactions with a community.
Typically, one is at risk for Seekin after major life changes and during the course of everyday life. However, one may begin to experience symptoms of Seekin if they lack fulfillment in everyday life, or as a complication from other physical or spiritual illness.
Symptoms of Seekin may include:
For many mild cases, requesting a Telling may help settle the mind and reset the personal compass. More serious cases require intervention by the social group, usually led by the village Intercessor, and whose exact prescription is informed by visits with the village Teln. Treatment usually involves being paired with another for observation against self-harm, and enforced lifestyle changes, typically in diet, daily, and exercise routines, but occasionally also in a change of occupation should it be deemed necessary.
Initial expressions of Seekin appear in symptomatic behavior that begins to compound. Mild or short-term cases tend to be limited to this behavior, but left unchecked, Seekin may develop into a chronic condition and become vulnerable to other health complications. As Seekin progresses untreated, the suffering may experience thoughts of harm to self or others, and may build elaborate fantasies of how these harm behaviors would manifest. As these fantasies become more real to the Seekind, left untreated, Seekin may become fatal to the host, and transmittable to their social group.
Though feelings of anxiety or difficulty sleeping can be separate from Seekin, this condition may make them more acute. Sufferers of Seekin become prone to the risks of other diseases both natural and supernatural.
As feelings of Seekin can arise normally through the events of life (such as death, loss, or major change), there is no exact prevention for Seekin. Walkingfolk believe that a strong-knit community is the best defense, and during these major life changes, tend to rally around those who might begin to experience Seekin otherwise.
Though most cases of Seekin tend to be initially limited to an individual, it is believed that severe cases can spread through the community. Thus, it is considered not only normal but prudent to seek treatment before cases become pronounced.
Though it is sometimes used as a jibe on others or as a self-deprecating remark, and there are often short-term bouts of Seekin following change, it is important to note that actual and chronic cases of Seekin are treated seriously. Should someone joke too often that they are Seekin, others in their social group would not hesitate to pull them aside and encourage them to seek a Teln or Intercessor.
- Chronic, Acquired & Congenital
- Affected Species