Could you be a workaholic?

How often do you find yourself working overtime, unable to take a break from work or striving for perfection in you job?

Perhaps you put work above everything and use it to escape from your personal life, or maybe you define yourself by your career?

If any of these sound familiar, you could be a workaholic.

Although often used to describe someone who’s particularly ambitious, psychologists say it’s actually a very real condition and can lead to devastating consequences for those who live with it.

Speaking to Late Nights host Sara-Jayne King, addictions counsellor Gareth Carter explains more about the illness.

All addictions are characterized by two components A mental obsession and a physical compulsion.

Gareth Carter, director, We Do Recover

Usually the workaholic is the last person to realise there's a problem.

Gareth Carter, director, We Do Recover

Those who are diagnosed as workaholics often have higher work-related stress, job burn-out rates, anger issues and depression and anxiety.

Carter says it's a behavioural addiction that can be as damaging as other addictions and is often diagnosed alongside other conditions.

I've never seen a person that's work addicted that doesn't have a dual diagnosis, like depression, anxiety, ADHD and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Gareth Carter, director, We Do Recover

Carter says treatment is possible, via groups like Workaholics Anonymous.

Are you a workaholic? Take a listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Could you be a workaholic?


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