Could it be that many of those people with messy rooms have a mental disease? The answer will be "no" because the link between keeping a messy room and mental illness is not a direct one. Many other factors could result in having a messy room.
For example, someone who was brought up in unhygienic conditions and has adapted to that dirty lifestyle.
In short, some of the most intelligent people kept messy rooms. A study has revealed this that creative geniuses favour a chaotic and disorderly workspace. Maybe this is a consolation to you for being messy, you must be really intelligent like Albert, I mean Einstein, you know?
- A sudden change to being untidy.
- Living in the messy room while it bothers you.
- Realizing that the room is messy but it doesn't bother you.
A Sudden Change To UntidinessA recent loss of interests in personal and environmental wellbeing could be linked to depression. Depressed feel too fatigued and hopeless with the routines of house chores as well as other things around them. And this would be more significant for someone who was typically neat and organised but just drastically changed to the opposite end of the spectrum.
Bothered by Messy Living ConditionsIf you are bothered about the messy conditions of the room but you are not able to pick up yourself to do something about it, depression may not be a likely possibility because it indicates that you have not lost interests in things around you.
People with obsessive-compulsive disorders could be so preoccupied with keeping things perfectly clean. They would be obsessed with ensuring orderliness such that any derailment from the orderly state of things could produce anxiety in them. They would get bothered over very little disorderliness in the room.
If you are bothered with the untidy state of the room, it could mean that you are too preoccupied with other things such that you do not consider clean-up a priority not yet.
Messy Room Doesn't Bother YouIf I personally want to attribute a serious mental condition to a messy room, I would do it for this one here. How can one be comfortable in a messy environment? Yes, that's what I choose to say for now but the fact is, it the habit is not far fetched from many of us. It is not an unusual thing to find people who are not bothered by an untidy environment. But if I choose to link this to a serious mental condition, what would that be? Depression is a close differential.
The Messy House Syndrome, otherwise known as Diogenes Syndrome is present in an individual when there is a disorder of the personality structure, such that the person is unable to keep order, for example, in the household or his finances. Such persons are also referred to as "Messies". Useless objects are hoarded in such quantities that the apartment can no longer be lived in.
In many cases, the disorder is due to an underlying mental problem such as dementia, schizophrenia, ADHS (Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) or obsessive-compulsive disorders. The Prader-Willi syndrome is also associated with an unusual compulsion to hoard things or food.
It Could Be Just Another HabitWhereas we could link having a messy room or apartment to a mental condition, this attitude could be just another habit. Habits are attitudes that you have become used to and that you unconsciously do. If you are comfortable in an untidy environment, there are chances that you have lived in messy environments at some points in your life.
But if this attitude becomes too difficult to change and it begins to affect the productivity of the index person, there would be a need to consult a mental health physician for expert management.
Messy House Syndrome - PubHealh
What a messy room says about you - Verywellmind