Psychological Effects Of Having Bed Bugs

Beyond the itch: The real cost of bed bugs Medill Reports Chicago

The psychological effects of bed bug attacks include mental and emotional anxiety and distress and can be just as painful. Bed Bugs Will Infest Any Location with Humans to Feed On. This means that bed bugs are just as likely to infest a cheap motel as much as they are likely to infest a 5 star luxury resort.

Bed-Bug Madness: The Psychological Toll of the Blood Suckers. " The bed bug is a stressor like many other stressors," Perron says. "For people who are vulnerable, it may result in having a pathological fear of bedbugs or even delusions of parasitosis," when a person falsely believes they are infested with bugs.

These researchers' analyzed nearly 145 online postings and 110 of these showed the following mental effects of bed bug infestations: Nightmares. Hypervigilance to keep bugs away. Flashbacks. Avoidance behaviors. Insomnia. Personal dysfunction.

A majority of people who experience bed bugs suffer psychological harm as a result, according to Goddard's research, which looked at the critters' psychological effects based on 135 victims' online accounts. His work found that 81% of bed bug victims reported negative mental health side effects, including paranoia, trouble sleeping, nightmares, and an extreme level of vigilance to prevent the bugs from returning.

Bed bug bites can cause insomnia, anxiety, avoidance behaviors, nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance (to keep the bed bugs away), and personal dysfunction—such symptoms are suggestive of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In some individuals, psychological sequelae resulting from bed bug biting events include nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance (to keep the bugs away), insomnia, anxiety, avoidance behaviors, and personal dysfunction.

Beyond the itch: The real cost of bed bugs Medill Reports Chicago

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