Anyone who's dealt with a heavy bed bug infestation already knows firsthand how annoying and bothersome they can be, but modern research shows that a failure to get rid of bed bugs within a reasonable amount of time can lead to serious mental illness, even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Insider reports: "81% of victims of bed bugs report mental health symptoms like paranoia, obsessive behavior, nightmares, and anxiety, all of which are consistent with post-traumatic stress."
Psychiatry Advisor suggests that one woman who got a bed bug infestation eventually committed suicide, and bedbugs could have been a contributing factor.
Sleep Deprivation is a Form of Torture, and Bed Bugs are Experts
Psychology Today on sleep deprivation: Beyond 24 hours of deprivation people suffer huge drops in cognitive functions like accurate memory, coherent speech, and social competence. Eventually, the victims suffer hallucinations and a total break with reality.
The US National Library of Medicine says sleep deprivation has been linked to onset of psychosis.
"The finding that sleep deprivation can apparently produce symptoms of acute psychosis in healthy individuals adds to the evidence linking sleep and psychosis. In support, various studies show that prolonged sleep loss is both a precursor and precipitant to psychosis."
Justified Reason for Anxiety? Bed Bugs Can Go a Year Without Food and Still Not Die
As the video demonstrates, it is not unreasonable to keep seeing signs of bed bugs (even in your imagination) long after they're gone, when you realize how long they can go without an active food source and still survive.
The process is known as Diapause, or a period of time in biology and entomology when an organism basically goes into hibernation or stagnation, but does not die.
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