This article is about bipolar disorder, depression and extreme cleaning. We all know that it is helpful to keep our spaces clean and organized. The issue is when someone with depression or bipolar disorder does extreme cleaning which becomes dangerous. This might happen as those with bipolar sometimes try to be perfect. They may feel it is their goal to keep their homes or offices perfectly clean. We all know it is not achievable to attempt to do never have a mess.
There are some with bipolar or depression that become upset when their homes are not perfect. There are others who are very disorganized and live in a very messy manner. We believe it is important to have balance. If you are helping someone with these issues, here are a few tips:
1. You may help them create a cleaning schedule. This may be three times per week for a set amount of hours. It is not helpful to do it 7 days a week for 8 hours a day.
2. Teach them to be consistent. Many want to clean for 10 hours straight and then won’t do so for days or weeks. It is healthy to have a shorter time cleaning and to be consistent.
3. Explain the benefit of not overworking. This includes sharing lessons about why too much of anything is dangerous. Even though cleaning is thought of as helpful, in excess it is not healthy.
You may also ask them why they are so focused on cleaning. It may be they are feeling dirty, ashamed, upset or confused. It seems that sometimes the cleaning is actually masking a more serious problem and it is important to deal with it.
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