Link Suspected Between Workaholics and Mental Illness

By Becky Barton

June 14, 2016

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Recent studies indicate that the statistics for mental health disorders among workaholics is higher than the stats for those who find more balance in their life-to-work schedule ratio. According to a report by Fox News Magazine, the illnesses linked to workaholics include anxiety, depression, and OCD, among others.

Cecilie Schou Andreassen, the lead author in this particular study, said that workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than the other participants.

The researchers involved in the study concluded that roughly one in four of their workaholic participants had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, one in three struggled with anxiety and related issues, and roughly 10 percent battled depression. The non-workaholics who deal with similar mental issues were about a quarter of their counterparts’ stats.

The study results were based on questions about whether the workaholic participants become agitated when they cannot make more free time for work, or if restriction from working is stressful.

However, in a report from WECT Channel 6 News, researchers insist that people who are just hard workers should not be lumped in the workaholic category, and the study results don’t explore the effects of late nights at the office on mental health. A Liverpool University professor spoke on the subject of the study and the potential links discovered, as well as the meanings behind them.

“Any human behavior can be turned into a disease. It’s this tendency to pathologize the usual messy realities of life, of which work is one.”

Researchers observed the possibility that genetics could play a part in the connection between workaholics and mental issues and disorders, according to Schou Andreassen. However, the study results did not provide definitive information on this particular angle.