Mental Health and Bed Bugs
The crawly and creepy world of bed bugs is now starting to invade many homes. Bedbugs are oval, brownish and small insects living on bloods of human or animals. Adult bedbugs display flat bodies with sizes similar to an apple seed’s size. These creatures do not fly and can quickly move over ceilings, walls and floors. The female bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs.
Bed bugs can enter homes undetected through clothing, luggage, used couches and beds and many other items. The bed bug’s flattened body makes it highly possible for them to crawl and fit even into tiny spaces. These creatures do not have nests just like bees, birds and ants and they usually live by groups in most concealed places. Their initial and common hiding places are box springs, headboards, bed frames and mattresses where they have convenient and easy access to individuals and bite them at night.
Over time, bed bugs can scatter all over your bedroom and might start moving to any protected location or crevice. Since bed bugs live mainly on blood, their presence inside your home is a clear sign of dirtiness. Bed bugs can be found in both filthy and immaculate homes. Bed bug infestation certainly takes a toll in a person’s home and body and these can also pose serious effects on the mind.
While the serious physical effects triggered by bed bugs are well documented by exterminators, medical professionals and victims, psychological effects are just starting to be studied. Insomnia is one of the typical psychological symptoms of bed bugs. This is a condition characterized by difficult falling or staying asleep. Insomnia can lead to memory and concentration problems during the day, tiredness, irritability problem and more.
Victims of bed bugs usually find it hard to sleep thinking about what may be crawling on their mattresses. There are even kept awake by annoying itching that is often associated with bed bug bites. The infestation can be ultimately stressful most especially when the victims try to isolate the cause and then the extent of the bed bugs infestation. Several reports from victims indicated that anxiety levels increase during infestation which leads to nausea, heart palpitations, dizziness, muscle tension and shortness of breath.
Victims also reported anxiety and stated that they can still feel as though they are still being bitten even after the infestation has been eliminated from their homes. A study found out that paranoia, hyper vigilance, depression and obsession symptoms typically associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD are also known psychological symptoms linked with bed bugs.
It has also been found out that bed bugs are linked to multifaceted psychological cases aggravating symptoms of particular conditions like depression, insomnia and anxiety. If you are experiencing some psychological effects due to bed bug infestation, it would be best to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
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