As Halloween is right around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about that really hairy neighbor of yours that’s scaring all the kids. If she was a woman, she could be suffering from hirsutism; excessive hair growth in women following male distribution pattern.
But if that neighbor looks like a modern day werewolf, you can count yourself quite lucky, because statistics show that hypertrichosis, or the werewolf syndrome, is very rare; occurring in only 1 out of 10 billion people. So your neighbor is not only scary, he’s a very rare individual indeed.
Currently there are 19 people alive diagnosed with this disease.
But don’t confuse our modern-day werewolves with the rare psychiatric syndrome called Clinical lyanthropy. That’s a delusion that the affected person can transform into, has transformed into, or is a non-human animal.