A first-time mother has shared how her young daughter helps her cope with her obsession to clean and organise her home.
Tiffany Norman, 36, from New South Wales, has been living with obsessive-compulsive disorder since she was nine, but was only formally diagnosed in 2019.
Tiffany said physicians were uncertain what exactly caused the condition to occur, but said it was probably a response to separation anxiety at a young age.
‘My OCD is specifically cleaning or organisation related, rather than being concerned about germs,’ she said.
Tiffany admitted she was a perfectionist as a result of OCD, and her 12-month-old daughter, Kayla, has definitely challenged her long-held habits.
‘Having a baby has really tested my ability to walk away and learn when to pick my battles,’ she said.
Tiffany Norman (pictured) has been living with OCD since she was nine, but was only formally diagnosed in 2019
‘Having a baby has really tested my ability to walk away and learn when to pick my battles,’ she said
Prior weight loss pills strongest to motherhood, Tiffany said her house was always spotless with everything placed in a certain position, order and sequence — whether it was the dishes in the sink or books on the shelf.
But having Kayla changed her routine and desire to constantly ensure everything in the house was perfect.
Tiffany said her first priority now was to always make sure her daughter was happy and healthy, which overrides her obsessive urge to clean.
After having Kayla (pictured) in March 2020, Tiffany’s OCD has been challenged and she’s learnt to control her urge to always keep her home neat and tidy
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