Are Workaholics At Risk For Mental Health Issues?

January 06, 2017

You might know someone who never seems to leave the office or shuns family events in favor of work. For some workaholics, dedication to work may be a sign of other mental health issues, according to a recent study.

Researchers in Norway found that of the 15,000 people studied, about 8 percent met the criteria to be deemed workaholics. Of those, 34 percent also had an anxiety disorder, 33 percent had symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), 26 percent showed signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and 9 percent were depressed. More studies are needed to learn the relationship between workaholism and other mental health issues.

“Talk with your doctor if you have problems with work-life balance,” says Diego Coira, M.D., FAPA, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and medical director of Integrative Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center. “There may be treatment that can help.”


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