I am obsessed with cleanliness

21 Sep
vinay upadhay

I never knew this is a disease. I was taught from childhood that everything should be kept clean. I grew up in a family where actually certain cultural prospects were followed, the hands you touched non veg with needs to be washed immediately, or may be touching cooked food also pollutes the hand, so wash it; touching pooja items means washing your hands prior to it.  have practiced them and I have evolved myself in the procedure, to the extent, that anyone comes to my house, I am annoyed, when they leave, i wash the entire floor because i feel they have come from outside and the floor is getting dirty, so I should clean it. I have to take a bath whenever I use the bathroom. If something has fallen on the table, i clean it once, again I come back to clean the same place, I feel something is still left. My family keeps scolding me, so I have having a feeling whether this is a problem with me, or is it natural? what can I do, to be like others are?

Responses 2

  • Prasha saggu
    Prasha saggu   May 26, 2017 02:31 AM

    Obssessive compulsive disorder traits are prevalent in most of us to varying degrees but it is essential to understand that not all obsessive behaviors are an indication of a disease. However, if it impairs your social and practical functioning, you must seek help from a professional. 


  • Oyindrila Basu
    Oyindrila Basu   Sep 25, 2016 03:51 AM

    I am sure, treating the footsteps of guests and visitors as unclean and dirty is not normal. Especially, in India, guests are equal to God, and whatever else you are explaining seems to be traits of obsessive compulsive disorder where you repeat your similar actions to ensure that it is actually done. Should check for professional help.