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Workaholism ‘linked to a number of psychiatric disorders’

26th May 2016

People with a compulsive attitude to work may be more likely to experience certain psychiatric disorders, according to a new study.

Research from the University of Bergen has indicated that workaholism frequently co-occurs with a number of conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety and depression.

Analysing 16,426 working adults, it was shown that 32.7 percent met ADHD criteria, compared to only 12.7 percent among non-workaholics. Meanwhile, 25.6 percent met OCD criteria, compared to 8.7 percent of non-workaholics.

For anxiety, the figures for the two groups stood at 33.8 percent and 11.9 percent respectively, while for depression the ratios were 8.9 percent and 2.6 percent.

The findings potentially indicate that an instinct to take work to the extreme may be a sign of deeper psychological or emotional issues.

Researcher Cecilie Schou Andreassen at the Department of Psychosocial Science at the University of Bergen said: "Physicians should not take for granted that a seemingly successful workaholic does not have ADHD-related or other clinical features. Their considerations affect both the identification and treatment of these disorders."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801819222-ADNFCR

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