Workaholic? You are at greater risk of depression, anxiety

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Workaholics may be more prone to psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety, researchers, including one of Indian origin have warned.

For the study, scientists examined 16,426 working adults. “Workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics,” said Cecilie Schou Andreassen from University of Bergen in Norway.

Among workaholics, 32.7% met attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) criteria compared to 12.7% among non-workaholics, researchers said. More than 25% of workaholics met obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) criteria compared to almost 9% among non-workaholics.

Almost 34% met anxiety criteria compared to 12% among non-workaholics, researchers said, while almost 9% met depression criteria, which was 2.6% for non-workaholics. “Whether this reflects overlapping genetic vulnerabilities, disorders leading to workaholism or, conversely, workaholism causing such disorders, remain uncertain,” she said.

Researchers, including Rajita Sinha from Yale University in the US used seven valid criteria when drawing the line between addictive and non-addictive behaviour.