Disorder Trauma Test
The following test will help you determine if you have the disorder “Disorder.” The test is easy and simple to score. Soon you will know if you have what I call the “Organizational Trauma Disorder”.
Symptoms: (check all that apply)
- New Home Excuse. Your spouse gets annoyed each time you tell him/her you do not have enough floor space. You never reveal the true reason. You need more space to lay out everything in “organized” piles. You know a six bedroom house will be the best solution since you could use one room for each collection and the garage for shredding duplicates.
- Memory Loss. Can’t remember what’s in each pile of newly “sorted” items.
- Dysnomia. Word finding difficulty and confabulation trying to name or identify each of the “piles” of newly organized materials.
- Mental Confusion, Fatigue and Increased Agitation. Occurs whenever you engage in any activity that involves organization.
- Irrational Word Fears. Organization, find, organize, throw away, file, binder, folder, garbage, and COMPUTER.
- Delaying Tactics. Compulsion to walk on your treadmill for extended periods or doing 50 pushups whenever someone suggests you need to get organized or clean your desk.
- Dramatic Increase in “Senior Moments.” These embarrassing events seem to occur more often when you are in any process that involves organization.
- Unrealistic Calming Strategies. Repeatedly reciting the mantra “I just can’t do this.” However, chanting the mantra does seem to relax you until someone speaks to you, especially grandchildren.
- Approach / Avoidance Mechanisms. Attempting to start and avoiding the task by doing something easier such as scrubbing an unfinished wood floor on your knees or removing four layers of wallpaper with a hand scraper.
- Concealed Embarrassment Strategy. When family asks how you are doing, you respond by saying you just want to be alone with your photos.
- Sudden Waves of Nausea. You immediately become nauseous when others offer guidance or you try to explain how they can help.
- Dizziness Attacks. You suddenly get dizzy or lightheaded whenever someone turns on the fan above the table containing your “almost” organized stacks of photos.
- Memory Lapses. Asking others how long they have been in the room unnoticed and then offering a blanket apology for anything you might have accidentally said when frustrated. The problem – you can’t remember what you just said now or five minutes ago.
- Incoherent Mumbling and Talking to Self. Saying, “This is just impossible” over and over and grinding of the teeth. Teeth grinding may cause TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) pain if this phrase is overused. Grinding your teeth at night may affect your spouse and cause bruising from being poked in the ribs all night.
- Frequent Naps. Nodding off several times a day instead of organizing materials.
- Transient Blood Pressure Increase. Rise in pressure is directly proportional to time spent organizing.
Two Matching Symptoms = Definitely confirmed diagnosis.
One or No Symptoms = Serious Phase II Organizational Denial Disease.
Refusal to take the time to take the test. I can’t help you – seek immediate counseling.
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