When you think of addiction, the typical things that come to mind are alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sex, bacon, stupid kitten videos, etc. Now we can add another addiction – one that apparently afflicts quite a few of us (myself included, although it’s a self-diagnosis at this point).
WORKAHOLISM. Yes, workaholics rejoice! You’re not alone!
Although there’s no real clinical diagnosis guide at the moment, researchers have created what they’re calling the Bergen Work Addiction Scale, which is based “core symptoms found in more traditional drug addictions; i.e., salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, conflict, relapse, problems.”
The research team from the University of Bergen Department of Psychosocial Science have listed seven criteria to measure work addiction:
• You think of how you can free up more time to work.
• You spend much more time working than initially intended.
• You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and/or depression.
• You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
• You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
• You deprioritize hobbies, leisure activities, and/or exercise because of your work.
• You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.
They say that “If you reply ‘often’ or ‘always’ to at least four of these seven criteria, there is some indication that you may be a workaholic.”
Damn, I fit every single one of these criteria. So there you have it. Hi. My name is Lola and I’m a workaholic. Is there a 12-step program for this?
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