psychology

Fear of bed bugs: hysteria and reality

August 31, 2010

Let’s consider the fear of bed bugs. Here is the transcript of a conversation between host Ira Flatow, Psychologist Dr. Kevin Ochsner (of Columbia University), and producer Flora Lichtman about psychological reactions to bed bugs, which aired in the Science Friday segment on NPR’s Talk of the Nation last week. I first want to direct […]

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An epidemic of bed bugs in the news

August 23, 2010

The bed bug media frenzy continues. It’s important to remember that six months ago, there were also lots of bed bugs in public places and workplaces — people just were not hearing much about them. The New York Times produced an interesting story Saturday on people’s reactions to bed bugs, including the stigma of being […]

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Bed bugs infest Bronx Psychiatric Center

April 15, 2010

The New York Daily News reports that the Bronx Psychiatric Center, a 360-bed facility in Bronx’s Morris Park, has been battling bed bugs. Bed bugs may bite anyone — staff, clients, or visitors.  The bed bug problem at Bronx Psychiatric was reported by union members working at the facility. In October, members of the Civil […]

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Ohio County, WV Health Dept. official: bed bugs “public health nuisance” and “psychological disaster”

July 30, 2009

Fox 28 reports that an Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department official says about 100 apartments at a Wheeling, West Virginia complex are infested with bedbugs. What struck me in the article was this: Health department Administrator Howard Gamble calls bedbugs a public health nuisance and a psychological  disaster for the people who are affected. “A public […]

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Bed bug Intro. 873 on WNYC today

January 4, 2009

Click here to listen to this brief news item on New York City Council’s Intro. 873 from WNYC news, New York. The tone of the item is dominated by the Health Department’s reminder that bed bugs are only “a stressful and unpleasant nuisance,” and that the health department already has a page on its website […]

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Bed bug public art project: your participation requested!

March 9, 2008

An art student who has had bed bugs is doing a project related to her experience. And she would like you to participate! Dannon writes: I’m an undergraduate art student and former (I hope) bed bug victim living in Chicago. Dealing with the bugs in my apartment this fall was a fairly traumatic experience, as […]

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