We started bringing in the bag the igienizing gel for the hands and we ended up disinfecting even the expense before we put it in the refrigerator. In the last year our cleaning habits have changed and for some have become a real mania. “The fear of contracting the virus leads us to have a lot of attention to hygiene and cleanliness.
“the external control, which we put into place through the cleaning, corresponds to a need to control internal emotions. Cleaning becomes a way to manage anxiety, to protect from the virus even people around.” Guilt, fear for the safety of others are typical features of compulsive obsessive disorder, but the cleaning mania is not necessarily a symptom of a clinical disorder.
It is true, however, that a situation like what we are living can become the trigger, the trigger of this disorder. But we do not alarm: comes out only if there is already an internal base structure. ” How to deal with cleaning maniaone of the ways to try to deal with this mania is to find a routine.
“We have to try to build a cleaning strategy that is enough to give us reassurances, create a habit that we believe is appropriate to contain anxiety rationally. For example, we choose that the cleaning of the house will be carried out following a certain order, using certain products.” A method that may take us more time but that should make us feel safe from any threat within the house.
“follow a scheme, be concentrated while you run it, will serve to give us a sufficient sense of serenity.” “very often we tend to repeat these gestures because we do not remember having made them. We try to scan the days, after having cleaned, we devote time, in a structured way to other activities.
But if the difficulties are made even bigger and our mania can no longer be controlled in any way it is good to turn to a specialist. “a psychotherapist will help us reduce the level of anxiety and give us practical indications on how to handle it.” Finally, an advert for all relatives and friends of a person who suffers from this type of problem: “avoid to have a perennial attitude or even reproach.
When suffering from this kind of disorder it is good to offer support without being judged. Actions such as obsessive cleaning are not acts of will, but a strong emotional need that you can not control. ”