A large research study in Norway indicates that workaholics are more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders such as Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway where they studied the link between excessive work and mental health disorders in over 16,000 working adults.
They found that “Workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics”. The main findings of the study were as follows:
- Over 32% workaholicsmet criteria for ADHD criteria as compared to less than 13% in non-workaholics).
- Over 25% workaholicsmet OCD criteria as compared to less than 9% in non-workaholics).
- Almost 34% workaholics met anxiety criteria as compared to less than 12% among non-workaholics.
- Almost 9% met depression criteria as compared to less than 3% in non-workaholics.