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A bed bug attack can result in psychological effects

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Bed Bug Injuries

As is the case with other traumatic events, victims of a bed bug attack may experience psychological effects that could be equally, if not more devastating, than their initial physical discomfort. As such, if you have been attacked by bed bugs, you may stop itching from the bites after a while, but the toll on your mental well-being could last much longer, affecting the overall quality of your life.

The extent of these psychological effects can be mild and manageable for some victims. The impact can be pervasive and severe for others, significantly disrupting their everyday life. Below are some ways a bed bug attack can affect your mental health.

Sleep deprivation

Bed bugs are nocturnal pests that feed on their hosts at night. As such, the fear of being bitten while asleep can lead to sleep disturbances, insomnia, and in the long run, fatigue and irritability. As a result, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems or controlling your emotions and behavior.

Severe anxiety

You may also have heightened anxiety due to the constant dread of these blood-sucking insects around your environment, making it difficult to relax. This can lead to hypervigilance, where you become overly alert and sensitive to any signs of bed bugs, such as itching or crawling sensations. You may also avoid places or situations that remind them of the infestation, such as hotels or certain types of furniture.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The trauma of a bed bug attack can lead to PTSD-like symptoms. Recurring nightmares and flashbacks may persist way after the incident, impacting your ability to function in daily life.

Seeking help from therapists or counselors can help alleviate some of the psychological effects of a bed bug attack. And, perhaps equally important is getting justice. If you or a loved one suffered bed bug bites during your stay at a hotel, motel, Airbnb or even a resort, reaching out for legal guidance can help you understand your legal rights and the best course of action toward getting the compensation you deserve.