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Nightmares..... what If, and are they REALLY GONE?

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  1. Blackheart

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    I heard somewhere bed bugs cannot cause PTSD, but I have some kind of mental issue, call it what you will!

    Have been free of the little fockers for a few months but be damned if I can stop having nightmares of these monsters and also cannot sit on my couch that I used to adore, so I guess my question is this.... how to overcome fear, and how do you ever feel safe again, maybe that sounds simple, but to me these are HUGE looming questions, probably I need a shrink right?

    Sam
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    Sat Feb 2 2013 9:19:27
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    I do believe they can cause PTSD, whomever said they cant simply has never had them. I hate going in my sons room and since im convinced my daughter got bit in her room a few weeks ago , i avoid her room. she sleeps with me and i have her clothes in my room. UGH i know i have to go there .... i just cant bring myself to. I know i never will feel safe even after they are gone. Is it a bad thing? in some ways yes the paranoia never leaves BUT i will never again have an infestation because of it. I will forever look at every piece of lint and every piece of furniture that i want to buy will be examined for crevices that could be potential harborage areas. my friends keep saying but they are just bugs and you will get over it and i just tell them you will NEVER understand until you have experienced it . Try sitting on your couch for 5 min a day have a coffee there . In your mind it will always be there what happened but you cant let the blood suckers win! If you sit on your couch today i will enter my daughters room to steam it and vacuum it

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    A mind is a terrible thing to waste. I understand the hellish experience that bed bugs may be for some people and also see how many people treat and move on. I have also seen human trauma which is of a generally more accepted traumatic experience nature. If you feel that this BB issue has you stuck don't categorize or diagnose yourself with a bunch of letters but rather seek professional assistance in helping you cope. Best wishes.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sat Feb 2 2013 9:35:33
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    arianacassie - 11 minutes ago  » 
    I do believe they can cause PTSD, whomever said they cant simply has never had them. I hate going in my sons room and since im convinced my daughter got bit in her room a few weeks ago , i avoid her room. she sleeps with me and i have her clothes in my room. UGH i know i have to go there .... i just cant bring myself to. I know i never will feel safe even after they are gone. Is it a bad thing? in some ways yes the paranoia never leaves BUT i will never again have an infestation because of it. I will forever look at every piece of lint and every piece of furniture that i want to buy will be examined for crevices that could be potential harborage areas. my friends keep saying but they are just bugs and you will get over it and i just tell them you will NEVER understand until you have experienced it . Try sitting on your couch for 5 min a day have a coffee there . In your mind it will always be there what happened but you cant let the blood suckers win! If you sit on your couch today i will enter my daughters room to steam it and vacuum it

    Hey Ariana and Buggy, thanks for your input, yeah I just want my life back to normal, but shit it still lingers after I haven't seen any lately.

    Ariana, you said what I feel, I have NO bugs but now hate my sofa and wanna toss it totally, I guess you can relate!

    I guess time is the healing thing, (hey let's hope anyway right?)

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    Sam

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    Winston, this stuff has me totally so afraid of everything (and yeah I mean everything) I'm afraid of people in close contact on the subway and yes.... even friends (seems this problem originated with my ex-boyfriend) I pretty much wanna slap everyone who gets close to me... yeah I guess a shrink might be the way to go (but maybe it's not a crazy way to feel) I guess I just don't trust people anymore, sad state of affairs, I know....

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    Hey Sam - I think I remember that argument about PTSD, but I think it circled around the definition of PTSD. From what I remember some folks weren't arguing that BBs don't cause extreme stress and anxiety, but they were arguing that a PTSD diagnosis was not correct. I'm not a psychiatrist, so I can't chime in on the argument.

    As for how you are feeling, I can tell you that my passive monitors give me extreme sense of security. I can't remember if you got any or not. Also, my doctor prescribed Celexa for me during the height of my stress. It helped tremendously. And lastly, by all means go see a therapist. There's no shame in that, and a competent therapist should be able to help you by teaching you coping skills.

    Hang in there sista, never lose your awesome sense of humor.


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