The habit of “burning at work” makes the workaholic a psychiatric patient.

Of course, employers like employees who are able from day to day for many years to work with full dedication, not knowing weekends and holidays. On the other hand, constantly overexertion of the brain might lead to mental disorders.

Scientists from Norway, the staff of the University in Bergen (University of Bergen in Norway), had a fairly simple study, which, however, allowed them to identify an increased risk of developing various mental disorders in those people who had a dependency on (in life we call “workaholics”).

Initially, all subjects (16 426 working Norwegians) answered questions about their work: its nature, schedule, level of effort, is the work with the need to regularly work extra hours, do the participants from such need discomfort or on the contrary pleasure, and the like.

The researchers then asked the participants to answer the questions of a special form. These questionnaires are used by psychiatrists to determine whether the patient is or other mental disorder.

Analysis of all responses has allowed, first, to identify within this large group of all adults (7.8% of the total number of subjects), and secondly, through this analysis, the researchers were able to identify all participants with symptoms of certain disorders.

It turned out that among workaholics symptoms of attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity were present in 32.7% of participants and in the group of subjects not suffering from workaholism, the figure was 12.7 per cent.
The symptoms of clinical depression was diagnosed in 8.9% of workaholics and only 2.6% of participants in the control group.

Increased anxiety was diagnosed in 33.8% of fans to work “dawn to dusk” and only 11.9% of the subjects in the control group.

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