Why Depression Impacts Cluttered Home & Cluttered Mind

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I would like to start by saying although I am a professional I am not a medical professional. Are you living in a cluttered environment? Is your physical health taking a hit? If you feel you are a person suffering from depression I urge you to seek professional help if you have difficulty finding your way through. There simply should not be any shame attached to this subject anymore. Period.

Scientists that study depression have found a link to depression playing a role in some folks. This has been shown to cause disorganization and cluttered lives both physical and mental.

Scientific Evidence

Rena L. Repetti, Bridget M. Reynolds, and Meredith S. Sears of UCLA have studied, using a large number of families, the correlation between clutter and depression. It is interesting to note there is not a definitive answer to what comes first the clutter or the depression. The reason of course is because we all are unique.

Clutter and depression

The studies did link clutter to be a significant predictor of depression symptoms, even after controlling for other factors like income, education, and marital status. Basically what the researchers saw is how our thoughts and emotions can affect the connection between clutter and feeling depressed.


When there is a lot of clutter around us, it can be linked to some folks feeling more depressed. Do you keep staring at the piles of stuff and the never ending to do lists? The connection of depression and clutter is influenced by what we think and how we handle our emotions. If we have negative thoughts and no way to deal with our negative thinking it can make the link between clutter and feeling down even stronger.

Identifying depression

There is so much hope for folks who experience the combination of depression and living a physically and mentally cluttered lifestyle. The benefits of recovering from a depressed state are enormous. A commitment to recovery is essential, along with the acknowledgement that the path is not quick. The time is going to pass anyway so why not take advantages of all the recovery options available?

Accurate Diagnosis

The only one qualified to diagnose a person with depression is a medical doctor, including psychologists. As is the fact they are the only ones qualified to provide a tailored treatment plan.

Finding a qualified doctor

Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nations leading non profit and community based organization dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. This is a great resource for selecting the type of doctor and support groups that are available to aid in recovery.

Treatment options

Only a medical doctor can prescribe the correct treatment for patients based on the individuals specific needs. There are drugs and therapies available to treat the symptoms to regulate moods and improve well being.

Relationship with your doctor is paramount

The reason for forming a relationship with a medical doctor you are comfortable with is you and the doctor can make appropriate changes and adjustments to medications and therapies until you reach the desired effect. There are many drugs and finding the right drug may include trial and error and dosages may need to be changed.

Make an informed decision

When I decided to leave my primary care physician some years ago, for several reasons, I considered a few different new practices, asked a lot of questions and then met the doctor I decided I wanted in my corner should the need arise.

Be assertive if necessary

I made an appointment to meet the doctor. The office staff gave me a hard time stating this has never been done before. I made the appointment anyway. The doctor did not seem to have any problem with this. Come to find I love this doctor. I trust this doctor as both a human being and a doctor.

My point is we do not have to accept a doctor that has been assigned to us. Shop around, find a doctor you are comfortable with and that you trust. You are important. You should not put more time into shopping for the vehicle you plan to buy than you do your medical doctor.

Only a medical doctor is qualified to refer you to other mental health officials. Working with therapists and or psychologists can provide both cognitive behavioral therapies and talk therapy. This will help the patient get to the root causes of depression. Then finally coping strategies will be introduced.

The role for holistic care

A doctor will consider the persons overall health and well being. There are many factors that contribute to depression. Doctors consider sleep patterns of a depressed person along with studying any underlying medical conditions, as well as looking at nutritional and exercise habits. All this will aid in the recovery and well being of a person suffering symptoms of depression.

The journey of recovery

A doctor will support, guide people and offer emotional support as well as reassuring and encouraging patients to follow the path to wellness.

Community support groups

It’s important to note that while seeking the help of a medical doctor is valuable, it is often recommended to combine medical interventions with therapy and other support systems to address the broader aspects of depression and clutter. A comprehensive approach that includes both medical and psychological support can provide the best chances for long-term improvement.

Yes, there are groups available like Alcoholics Anonymous is available for recovering alcoholics. Groups of like minded people share valuable information and others in the group may benefit from this information. Members of support groups benefit from the shared community. Feelings of being alone are reported to diminish.

10 Symptoms of a depressed person

Symptoms of a depressed person may include the following:

1 Lack of energy and motivation
2 Difficulty making decisions
3 Feeling of being overwhelmed and the inability to focus
4 Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness that won’t go away
5 Appetite and sleep patterns have changed
6 Loss of interest in partaking in previous enjoyable pleasures.
7 Fatigue and lack of energy
8 Negative feelings of guilt and self worth
9 Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
10 Thoughts of death or suicide, Please note need immediate intervention!

Getting the help needed to reduce the symptoms of depression may feel like a really big task especially when a person is stuck in the middle of these often overwhelming negative feelings. Perhaps an advocate could help to get the ball rolling. Again the MHA could be a great first step. I sincerely send my best wishes to all that suffer.

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Marj Bates is a life long ridiculously organized declutterer and artist. Less is more are words Marj lives by in everything she does except collecting dogs. “Dogs are like potato chips! Can’t have just one.” says Marj. Marj wonders if growing up with a fanatically clean Jewish mom means her decluttering and organizational skills are in her blood.

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