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Know Which Mental Condition a Messy Room is Linked to


Messy room - Prosper Yole

I was just surfing the net someday when I found out that the state of your room can be used to predict your personality state or a mental condition. Keeping a tidy room is always a time-consuming and energy expending venture but some people have managed to do it anyways.
The time and energy involved in making your room neat and tidy are always compensated for by the clean overall outlook of your room. You are more ready to accept visitors because you know that your room is not looking all that bad.
However, to some people, they don't just care about how their room or house looks. It looks as if they are more comfortable when their room is untidy and messy. Others may feel the need to do some cleanup after a while but they are too lazy to start right away.

But one thing you may not have known before is that a messy, untidy room has been linked to some mental conditions.

Generally, everyone expects that girls should be neater than boys and their rooms should be too. But according to research, male students in the higher institutions are cleaner than their female counterparts. Maybe that's from the general population, but when you truly see a messy guy he does it with all his heart and soul. Yeah, it becomes that serious. One common reason why guys get so messy and untidy is could be that most guys simply hate to be involved with domestic chores like sweeping, dish-washing, and whatever. But in the end, dirty people are dirty and clean people are clean irrespective of gender.


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.
Certain people are often too busy to have time for other things. You see a pile of books on the table, some on the bed and many others on the ground. They are probably studying, writing or doing some research.
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?

But I think the only advantage they derived from being lazy towards their cleanliness is that they have more time to do what else they want to do.
Actually, a clean environment is supposed to favour productivity more but for those people who can afford to turn a blind eye and ignore the psychological effect of the untidiness to their productivity, they can still afford to learn or survive in the mess. These people are said to have the type B personality. 
On the contrary, the productivity of people with the type A personality is heightened when their environment is clean and tidy. They tend to be perfectionists and always wants things to be in their place all the time. 


Associating a mental condition to the physical state of one's room could be linked with one or more of the following predictive factors:
  1. A sudden change to being untidy.
  2. Living in the messy room while it bothers you.
  3. Realizing that the room is messy but it doesn't bother you.

A Sudden Change To Untidiness

A 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 Conditions

If 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.

Another common observation about people who lose interests in keeping their room clean even though they are bothered by the messy state has been noted in people who live with other people who are not compliant with sanitary practices. These people suddenly lose interests in keeping their joint-room clean because they soon get tired of doing it themselves and alone.

Messy Room Doesn't Bother You

If 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 Habit

Whereas 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.

Sources
Messy House Syndrome - PubHealh
What a messy room says about you - Verywellmind

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