Could it be Stress? - Feels Like Bug Bites

This webpage discusses the topic that nobody wants to hear: "Am I crazy?". Well you're not! But there can be psychological problems that can make you more suspectible to physical ailments. When you are stressed, your body reacts by pumping out excess hormones such as adrenalin which can cause all sorts of strange symptoms. When you go through menopause or have a hormonal imbalance, all of these things affect your mind and your body.

People's Experiences

  • "doctor was acting as if I were crazy"

  • "when u feel like no one in the world can help u it will drive u to insanity and make u think about suicide and other ways to escape it"

  • "6 different illitrate doctors could not give me the right answer"

  • "Have tried many anti-psychotics to treat delusion to no effect; at least now the doctor belives that I'm not imagining it."

  • "family is convinced I am suffering from OCD and wants me to go on meds. I am not crazy. I've never had any mental problems. I have developed some OCD-like behavior because I change my bedsheets daily, shower and change clothes a lot. The tremendous amount of laundry I do exhausts me."

  • "I have been to a dermatologist, a neurologist, and 4 primary care physicians...they have no clue what it could be...they say its in my head"

It must be in your head!

It seems that when doctors don't know the answer, their response is that "it must be in your head"! That is so wrong in so many different ways. It's like going to a mechanic to have your car fixed and the mechanic doesn't know how to fix it so he disavows the problem and says that it is in your head. That makes no sense! Obvious there is a problem and the problem is that you feel that you are being bitten by bugs.

The real issue is finding out what is causing the symptoms. What you need is help in finding out what is causing the symptoms. Is it bugs, is it an allergy, is is a hormonal imbalance caused by stress, glands over-acting or under-performing. Go to your family doctor and get a full medical done with blood tests and urine tests to see if there are any signs that something is out of whack with your body. Tell the doctor that you want these tests to eliminate without any uncertainty. You are being pro-active and you owe it to yourself.

Medication that helped

Stress is a very powerful emotion and it can cause strange reactions in people. For some, taking medication does help. Here's a few comments about taking medication for stress that worked:

  • "Xanax for 2 weeks and within a few day the crazy itching was going away. I had to be on anti anxiety medicne for a while. It sometimes comes back, nothing gets rid of it but, an anti anxiety med."

  • "I had the same for many years - kept thinking i could feel things crawling - thought i was going nuts , then about 12 months ago had some hard times and had a bit of a breakdown - went on some mild meds for anxiety for few months to help me through the hard times and after a week or so the itching feeling went , but about 3 months after i stopped taking them - its back again but know where near so bad , could be worth ago - anxiety takes some very strange forms"


Histamines are what cause that itchy feeling - if you get bitten by a bug, it's the histamines that make it itch and swell up in reaction to the bug bite. Adrenalin is released to help combat the affect of histamines.

Adrenalin is the hormone that causes panic. If you have a sudden scare, it's the adrenalin rush that gives you that panicky hyperalert feeling. Random dumpings of adrenalin is what causes panic attacks in people with anxiety disorders - they've got too much adrenalin being dumped into their systems, and are in panic in situations that wouldn't cause other people to feel panic - because of the elevated adrenalin. I know this is long and drawn out, sorry.

I think you're really on to something - except it may be that your itchy elevated histamines are causing your anxiety, not that your anxiety is causing the itchyness. The itch is causing the adrenalin dumping.

What if it is histamines that are out of control and causing the bug biting feeling? Well, take an over the counter anti-histamine and see if the feeling goes away! That's a simple test to find out. Just realize that anti-histamines don't work immediately, they take up to an hour to take affect. There are many anti-histamine/anti-allergy medicines available.

Other symptoms?

Are you having other symptoms besides the feeling that "bugs are biting"? This is the time to be 100% honest with yourself.

  • Are you having feelings that your are being followed or watched?
  • Do you have feelings that the whole world is out to get you?
  • Do you hear voices?
  • Are you depressed or sad?
  • Do you feel out of sync with the rest of the world?
  • What is going on in your life?
  • Other than the symptom of bugs biting, how is your life?
  • Are you happy?
  • Are you physically healthy?
  • Do you have many friends?
  • Do you feel wanted?
  • Are you lonely?

Could these symptoms of bugs biting be part of a bigger picture? Take a look at 100% of "you" and see what else is going on in your life that could contribute to this problem. Maybe you need to talk to someone like a therapist or close friend to find out what is going on. Maybe you need to ask your friends and family about how you are doing. They may tell you stuff that you weren't aware of. It might not be pleasant or something that you don't want to hear but you need to know if you want to get rid of the symptoms of feels like bugs biting.

Online Stress Test

Take an online stress test provided by Psychology Today magazine and find out your stress level. The most important thing that you are doing, right now, is something about your problem. You are being pro-active, you are working to solve the problem. You are moving in the right direction and doing something positive. You will find a solution and you will get better!

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