Chronic disorganization is an issue for many people in Michigan and around the globe. It is characterized by a history of failed self-organizing attempts, reduced current quality of life due to disorganization and expected future disorganization according to the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. Although there is no “typical” cause for chronic disorganization, there are some challenges that may contribute to its development in individuals.
Chronic disorganization may appear in individuals with:
- Physical challenges. Fatigue-causing conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome may limit a person’s ability to maintain organizing systems. Long-term recovery from injuries that impact the use of arms and legs or energy levels may also be a contributor to chronic disorganization.
- Cognitive disorders due to medical conditions. Conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, and traumatic head injuries may affect a person’s memory and ability to plan and carry out organizing tasks.
- Mood disorders. Depression and bipolar disorder may impact a person’s ability and motivation to perform organizing tasks over time.
- Anxiety disorders. Obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress, and phobias may contribute to an inability to sustain organization over a period of time.
- Sleep disorders. Disturbances in the quality or quantity of sleep over time may cause fatigue, confusion, and memory issues that may lead to difficulty with organizing.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). The inability to focus on the repetitive nature of many organizing tasks or the hyperfocus in some areas of interest but not others may cause individuals to experience chronic disorganization.
- Other situations. There are individuals who do not experience any mental or physical health conditions that are still challenged for a variety of reasons when it comes to organizing. Highly creative personality types and those who are strongly “right-brain” thinkers may fall into this category.
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