According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders, and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms must have been present before seven years of age. The CDC states that approximately 9. Chronic pain is another common cause of chronic disorganization. If you hurt all the time, you do not feel like organizing.
Are you battling with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or arthritis? These conditions might be contributing to your disorganization. People living with depression also have an extremely hard time being motivated to organize or stay organized. They are tired and feel hopeless and helpless.
It takes all their energy just to wake up in the morning, let alone stay organized. You could have experienced something as minor as a mild concussion or as serious as major brain trauma.
You could have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or even something as simple as an allergic reaction. People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless, and have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions.
Hoarding is not the same as collecting; collectors look for specific items, such as model cars or stamps, and may organize or display them. People with hoarding disorder often save random items and store them haphazardly. What are your bright spots of organization? Simply changing the way you see your own behavior and describing it to yourself differently will make it easier to design new, more effective approaches to the challenge.
Find a way to connect with others who do not judge you and can help you see your behavior more compassionately. Consider connecting with a group that addresses chronic disorganization and has members who have experienced it themselves. If the thought of having someone enter your home stresses you out, then joining an online support group can be a life transforming experience. Professionals include life coaches, organizing coaches, social workers, therapists, counselors, professional organizers, or psychologists who specialize in chronic disorganization. Recovery requires accurately identifying addressing the underlying emotional needs, self-leadership, decision-making skills and cognitive habits that contribute to the behavioral manifestations of chronic disorganization.
If you wish to consider working with professionals, the most important consideration is that you feel completely accepted and respected by them. If someone makes you feel judged, stupid, or hopeless, of they make comments or use body language that feels condescending or disrespectful, do not work with them or end the relationship. Select your professional organizer carefully. Recovery from chronic disorganization is usually a long term relationship that requires a lot of trust, respect and mutual commitment. Not all people who call themselves professional organizers have the education and coaching skills needed to help people with a history of challenging disorganization recover.
Be prepared that, like dating, it may take several tries to find the right support for your unique situation. One place to start is with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. ICD is the only organization I know of that is devoted primarily to providing education and training specifically on helping people with Chronic Disorganization. Ariane Benefit, M. Pingback: Is it Clutter or a Collection? Let's Clear Your Clutter! Nothing has changed much. I bought more cheap thrift store books on anything interesting………everything is interesting….
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Bought more plastic bins……. I spend time organizing but forget the black hole I put it in……. Going camper camping for holiday…….. Hope to start fresh upon return. Unpacking camping stuff would be a good start…normally would leave it where it drops…. I wish I could be different. If I could turn off my creative, inquiring brain, I would. I mean that not only are things out of cupboarsds and drawers and storage containers and areas, but the containers are empty, not even being used for the most part, things are spread all over every surface in the maximum possible state of disorganization.
Me again. Probably a good thing. Venting is good. Karen Ann.
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I can see me in all of the above. The way people want to help is not the way I need help. I am going at my problem all alone and it is overwhelming to the point that I quit de-cluttering shortly after starting…. I have future ambitions that involve moving out of my state….. Most of the problems are arts and craft supplies and books.
I call myself an artist but have only made 3 things worthy of noting in 10 years. I love life……I want mine to show it inwardly and outwardly…I chose life over things. Keeping it a secret is a need for now…. This is the first I have heard of this. It makes sense and in many ways seems to explain or describe me. The only thing that seems different is that I am very aware of enjoying daydreaming.
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I can sit amidst disorganization, clutter, and filth if I can day dream. I enjoy pulling out of the semi dream state and functioning and find I can be very very organized for brief periods of time. I have created a pattern of permission to day dream paired with periods of focused effort which in turn are rewarded with another time wasting period. It has affected my performance on my job, and now I feel really anxious about getting my work together.
Reminds me of college procrastination and pulling all nighters to get high quality papers written. I am clearly taking it to the edge right now. I know my one daughter is now really grown, spending more and more time far from home as she studies law and prepares for her own life. I know I hate that. There is much more as would be expected given your definition of the causes of the problem. But the two things I wanted to point out are that it is not all misery at all and that loss triggers the need for escape.
I am a single mother with three children. All three of my kids are said to have ADHD. One of my children is also special needs. She has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, said to fall within the autistic spectrum, and possibly dyslexic. I myself am bipolar. I work part-time, am trying to go to school part-time, and sleep very little. To say our life is utter chaos would be an understatement. I had never heard of Chronic Disorganization until finishing your article just now. I am blown away. I have been miserably living with this situation for years and had no idea it was an actual disorder of sorts.
I hate it and have tried all sorts of suggestions to correct it. Various people have helped at different times to get things cleaned and organized but within a month it is back to the same way again. I cannot afford to pay someone to come in and help clean on a regular basis. So, by this point, I am so stressed and overwhelmed all the time.
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We all are. Three of us are in therapy as well as on medication. It seems pointless to even try anymore because nothing has helped. If it were just me, I would be more than willing to put forth the effort to try and correct the problem because I hate living like this. I cannot find anything. I constantly feel stressed and on edge, unable to ever relax. I can never entertain or have friends over because the place should be condemned. I am mortified when someone stops over unannounced.
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It was suggested that I have someone come into the home to help out with my special needs daughter and her behavioral issues, etc. But that person turned me into DCS upon setting foot in our home. The case was closed and ruled that there just needed to be consistent chores assigned to keep things orderly.
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But no incentive plan, bribe, chart, etc. I feel as though people assume I am lazy and do not mind living in such messy quarters. So, as long as I can remember, I have usually had a sink full of dishes waiting for me.