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Is cleanliness a guarantee of health?

Sveta Kotina



Dust and dirt collect in our homes continuously. Most people look at it quite simply and try to tidy up on schedule or as they get dirty. At the same time, they sleep peacefully and even imagine that they can go to bed without washing the dishes, leaving them in the sink. But there is another category of people who even in the wrong place a glass put in can horrify, not to mention the dust or dirt in the hallway. Usually, this is a matter of habit, personal preferences or upbringing. However, sometimes a pathological desire for order and cleanliness can be a symptom of certain health problems or even cause such.


Doctors have found that a passion for order and cleanliness can be a symptom of neurosis or even psychosis. That is why there is no need to impose excessive demands on accuracy on yourself and your loved ones, constantly paying attention to the disorder - this may well lead to predictably bad consequences.

Consider some of the situations that occur most often.

1. Order is above all!

Very often, older women are burdened with certain rules and stereotypes about when and how to clean the house, how to wash, iron and fold clothes in the closet and how often it should be changed ... They themselves strictly follow this, but at the same time try impose your vision on your loved ones. And those who have excellent views inevitably fall under the category of “lazy sluts”.

What can be done here?

One must accept the fact that any cleanliness, like disorder, is relative. That other people might have a slightly different view of this. In addition, for a man order and its maintenance, oddly enough, on the contrary, complicates life - after all, he expects peace and relaxation from his home. Therefore, constant battles with disorder and with loved ones will not add health to anyone.

2. Around microbes, chaos and infection!

Such people can be noticed even at a young age: these boys, but more often girls, feel sorry for the tooth that has fallen, love to wash and, unlike their peers, carefully fold their toys and things. And over time, it only gets more frightening scales. They begin to read medical encyclopedias, making sure that the world around them is full of dangers and simply oversaturated with dangerous bacteria. Yes, and try on numerous sores, they are also masters, becoming more and more suspicious and cautious. Such people have hypertrophied feelings of anxiety and danger. And this is not egoism, it is a personality structure.


Under certain circumstances, this can turn into a real psychosis, which is sometimes called “clean hands psychosis”. This is when a person has anxiety and a subconscious desire to wash their hands. First, returning from the street, then after visiting someone else's house, in which he was uncomfortable ... All this goes into washing hands, even at home, for no apparent reason.

What to do?

If you have noticed such manifestations in a mild form, you can try to cope on your own by resorting to an effective scheme specially developed by American doctors:

  1. Try not to wash the bathroom floor for a week. When a week has passed, take a regular mop and quickly wipe the floor. After that, without cleaning the mop, do the cleaning in other rooms.
  2. Both you and your husband and your children should stop taking off their shoes when coming from the street. Horror, isn't it? What's more, you don't have to clean the room for a week.
  3. Take and throw your blankets, sheets and pillows on the floor. After that, make them a bed and do not change again a week.
  4. Wear a new fluffy mohair sweater for a week. When you take it off at night, do not touch the pellets.

3. Sex is embarrassing and dirty

Due to the fact that women more often feel that they are the object of use or violence, this syndrome is directly related to female psychology. Women tend to have great difficulty expressing their feelings and desires in this area. Very often, these women have a very negative attitude towards other women who have everything in order in this area. Especially strong aggression to young women.

Such complexes can lead to the development of allergies and dermatitis, which symbolize the rejection of unacceptable situations and from “dirty” people. The body, as it were, screams that the situation is unbearable, although the mind can say something completely different. Hence - those same obsessive actions aimed at cleaning up "dirt" and disorder.

What to do?

The answer is simple: consult a specialist, because in this case one cannot do without serious psychotherapeutic intervention. In this case, a woman may well be aware that she suffers from a disorder, which may be related to the processes she experienced in childhood and that she suffers from all these complexes, poisoning her life and the lives of those around her. But, understanding this, she cannot come out on her own or with the help of her relatives from these obsessive states.

As we found out, the manic desire for purity may indicate a mental disorder. But it can also contribute to the emergence and development of other diseases. For example, according to scientists from Cambridge, this desire may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. How? Scientists believe that the “disappearance” of microbes from a person’s life leads to a disruption in the functioning of his immune system, which can lead to the development of so-called autoimmune diseases. Statistics show that in developed countries where the cult of purity and “washed hands” prevails, the risk of Alzheimer's disease is 10% higher than in the so-called developing countries.

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