Sorry about the title...the first part isn't too bad, but couldn't think of a way to put the second part lol. Anyway...
On an old forum I used to visit we had a "messy house" thread and it was pretty active. People would get support so they didn't feel so guilty about their messy houses and others would post tips on how to keep your house clean when you're so depressed. The dirty self part refers to hygiene problems when you're really depressed.
I for one have the messiest houses ever. When I get really depressed I can't bring myself to do anything and feel bad that my boyfriend, who works full time and goes to school full time, has to pick up the slack. He's a messy guy as it is so you can imagine how the place looks...he does his best though. I was reading someone else's thread tonight and they mentioned being embarassed to have people over because their house was messy. Boy can I relate to that! We have a spare room, but honestly you can't even walk into it right now so I had to turn a friend away last month who was coming from out of town for a reunion. I felt horrible about it.
As for the hygiene...I don't know how many of you have this problem, but again when I'm really depressed I couldn't care less about my appearance. Another thing is that is kind of sad, is that if I were to shower every day and just sit around the house I'd feel stupid. Like I got all dressed up and clean just to sit in the house by myself? I'd be wasting soap/shampoo. I told this to a therapist once and she just thought it was horrible...that I felt like me showering would be a waste of soap/shampoo. Maybe it is sad, but it's how I feel. Some people might be grossed out by it, but when I'm that down I can't even stand the thought of doing anything...including showering.
Can anyone else relate or am I just a mental case who's a slob? lol.
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Too many meds to list!