Bed bugs are biting in Buffalo

It was really hard not to get the heebie-jeebies when researching a story this week on bed bugs.

I can’t remember how many times my parents told me “don’t let the bed bugs bite” as I was heading off to bed for the night. Of course, I never really thought too much about the actually words that now make me shudder.

Unless you’ve been hiding in a box, you’ve certainly read about the resurgence of bed bugs in major cities across the country.

In addition to generally creeping me out, now I hear they can actually drive you crazy, or at least trigger anxiety. That’s according to a researcher from the New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Dr. Evan Rieder, a psychiatry resident, presented an unpublished study at an American Psychiatric Association conference about the stress of bed bugs.

As reported by MedPage Today, Rieder studied 10 patient cases associated with bed bugs. The patients had diagnoses that included anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, as well as monosymptomatic delusional disorder — imagining that one is crawling with pests, even though no infestation exists.

Rieder said worry about bed bugs has risen along with the prevalence of bedbug infestations.

“There’s something about the sanctity of the bedroom and the fact