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The Mental Health Condition Linked To A Messy Room

I am a student of psychiatry and I can tell you that psychiatry has so many interesting things to know. It is an interesting discipline, but scary at the same time. You see, those things you consider a normal part of life, emotions, mood and the rest, many of them are also considered symptoms of mental diseases.

For example, have you sometimes experienced a feeling that your current environment and events happening around you at that time are not so real? As if you are in a different world? If you understand what I tried to describe, that is called de-realization in psychiatry. Also, have you ever smelled chocolate when there is nothing around physically that could produce that smell? This is called hallucination and it is considered a symptom of some mental illnesses.

However, the difference between those experiences and actual mental conditions is the fact that normal experiences do not last as long and they do not cause any social, biological or economic problems to the person experiencing them.

Certain behaviours have been linked to certain mental health conditions. Over-generosity, even when one does not have so much have been linked to mania. a condition of hyper-excitability and dis-inhibition. Dis-inhibition means that manic patients do not have a sense of control over their social impulses including sexual urge, generosity, etc. 

Unfortunately for many of you that keep messy rooms, there is also a relationship between a messy room and some mental condition. Here, you will learn more about the condition linked to a messy room and also find out why you may be considered normal and not having a mental disorder.


Why Some People Keep Messy Rooms

It seems like some people just prefer to leave the room messy and the furniture haphazardly positioned. Are they comfortable with the messiness, do they feel the need to clean up but are too lazy to do so, or are they too busy to do the cleaning? These are important questions that help us know why people leave their rooms messy.

In contrast to popular belief that women are neater than boys, research has disproved the link between gender and the attitude of cleanliness. There are many possible reasons why individuals irrespective of sex may be messy, however, guys are more likely to hate domestic chores like cleaning, washing than ladies in many parts of the world.

Some people are so busy they cannot take out a few minutes to clean up their room. To them, doing the cleanup is time-wasting. Many intelligent people who love reading many books may sometimes be guilty of leaving their rooms untidy and littered with my books. Does it mean they understand better when they are reading in such a book-littered place? It has been shown that many creative geniuses, like Albert Einstein and the likes, favour a chaotic and disorderly workspace. Does this sound like a good reason to leave your room messy? 

Personality types have also been linked to a messy room. People with type A personalities prefer that their environment is always clean. This boosts their productivity and creativity. In contrast, people with type B personalities do not require a clean environment to have enhanced productivity and creativity and can afford to leave their rooms untidy while they go about their learning vocations.


When Can We Associate a Messy Room To A Mental Condition

The following predictive factors can be used to associate a messy room to a mental condition:

  1. A sudden change from tidiness to untidiness
  2. Living in a messy room while it bothers you
  3. Knowing that the room is messy but it doesn't bother you


A Sudden Change From Tidiness To Untidiness

A sudden loss of interest in the personal and environmental wellbeing of the individual can be linked to a number of mental conditions, especially depression. A depressed individual feels too hopeless to do even those things he/she once loved doing. So, for someone who was initially neat and organized but suddenly changed from being so to becoming very untidy, you should consider counselling them on the need to see the doctor. This is even more relevant if there are other features of depression, like depressed mood, disturbed sleep, feeling of guilt and suicidal ideation.


Living In A Messy Room While It Bothers You

If you are bothered about the messiness of your room but not able to pick up yourself to clean it up, depression may not be a likely possibility. Depression is usually associated with a loss of interest in things or people around you and events you once loved. The fact that the messy room bothers you means that you still have some interest in your surrounding.

Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCDs) get so overtly bothered by disorderliness in their room This is because they are often too preoccupied with keeping things 'perfectly' clean and obsessed with orderliness such that any derailment from the orderly state of things could produce anxiety in them.

Another common observation about people who lose interest in keeping their room clean even if it bothers them is that they may be living with someone who does not take cleanliness seriously. They simple get fed up doing the cleaning alone while the other person specializes only in messing it up.


Knowing That The Room Is Messy Room But It Doesn't Bother You 

In this situation, it is easier to link a mental condition to the messiness of the room, because the individual knows for sure that the room is unkempt but doesn't feel any discomfort no matter how long he stays in there. Although there is no mental condition I can exactly link this with, depression will be a close bet. Most people who fall into this category have problems with their sanitary behaviour and their sense of personal hygiene.


Other Things We Can Link A Messy Room To

Have you heard of the "Messy House Syndrome"? It is also known as Diogenes Syndrome, and it is a type of personality disorder in which an individual is unable to maintain order. The disorderliness manifests in many areas of the person's life, including their personal cleanliness, household, finances, etc. People affected by this disorder are referred to as "Messies". And you can find them hoarding apparently useless objects in their homes in abnormally large amounts until there is no living space anymore.

In many cases, the disorder is due to an underlying mental problem like dementia, schizophrenia, Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or obsessive-compulsive disorders. Prader-Willi syndrome is also associated with an unusual compulsion to hoard things and food.

What To Do When You Are Becoming Messy

If you have always been messy, and you are okay with it, it is possible that you grew up in a very untidy environment and you do not find the mess unpleasant. But if being messy has not always been your habit, a sudden change to messiness may be a sinister sign. You may notice this in the sudden change also in someone else. In either case, you may need to consult a psychiatrist for evaluation and possible management.


Conclusion

Living in a messy room, if not associated with a mental condition, is a behaviour that potentially affects you and other people around you negatively. This, therefore, mean that there is a need to modify your behaviour to become more sanitation and cleanliness-conscious.

In this post, I tried to see if there is a link between mental health conditions to a messy room. Now, what do you think? Is there a link between mental health conditions and a messy room? What are some examples?

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