What is Chronic Disorganization (CD)?
CD is not a mental or medical condition; it’s a quality of life issue.
Here are a few characteristics of CD
- Accumulation of large quantities of stuff
- Wide range of interest
- Need visual cues
- Lose concentration easy
- Losing track of time
- Innovative brain
- Inattention to details
- History of disorganization
The chronically disorganized individual has usually a poor sense of time. They are late for appointments, and even their children are late for school. The reason for being late is mostly because of inability to find misplaced items, they are easy to distract, and have no sense of how long certain tasks and projects will take. The chronic disorganized individual has a hard time finishing what they started.
A lot of times the CD or ADD client is not just chronically disorganized. This disorder could also be accompanied by other conditions; for example OCD, depression, etc. This individual is holding on to everything they own. They can’t let go and have to get more (Hoarding accompanied by Affluenza).
There are many factors that can cause chronic disorganization: Clutter in general, chronic or not is only a symptom of what is really going on in an individual’s life.
An individual is considered CD, if there is a history of disorganization and all efforts of self-help to change failed in such a way that it affects ones daily life.
More and more people in North America have been diagnosed with some form of CD (Chronic Disorganization). There are several factors for certain conditions.
These factors can be:
- Neurological Conditions (ADD/ADHD, MS, TBI)
- Structural/ Environmental Factors (i.e. lack of storage space, no positive energy flow)
- Poor Developmental Skills (i.e. never taught)
- Communication Problems (weak management, leadership, an delegation strategies)
- Systemic Factors (i.e. ineffective systems in place)
- Addictive Tendencies (i.e. Shop-a-holism, Collection Addiction, Affluenza)
- Mental Health Issues (Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Hoarding
- Difficulty in Making Transitions (i.e. Divorce, move)
- Aging Issues (Cognitive issues, medication, etc.)
- Beliefs and Attitudes (i.e. Procrastinator)
- Physical Challenges (i.e. poor vision, mobility impairment)
- Learning Style (i.e. systems not customized to client’s specific need)
- Life/Grief Crises (loss of a job, death of a loved one, trauma)
Please note that all definitions on this page about ADD, ADHD & Hoarding were summarized from professional websites dealing with respective subject matter (i.e. ICD, Wikepedia, whatisadd.net and other sources)