Workaholic, causes and symptoms

Workaholic, causes and symptoms

Work addiction


  • 1 Workaholism in our time
  • 2 Risk factors for workaholic
  • 3 Signs and symptoms of workaholic
  • 4 Consequences related to work addiction

Work addiction in our time

For our society, our family and ourselves, being a hardworking person is a much appreciated virtue. However, for many workers, more and more, his work goes beyond making a living or performing professionally: It is an addiction that causes serious personal, family, social and even work problems. Although the worker, or person who lives to work, has always existed, since the 80s they began to be classified as sick, given the repercussions on their personal life and their integral health.

Risk factors for workaholic addiction

Among the risk factors that lead to this addiction are:

  • Family economic pressures and fear of losing work.
  • The enormous competitiveness that exists in the labor market.
  • The strong need to achieve success and the desired position.
  • The inability to refuse to a boss about requests that may well be postponed for the next day.
  • The fear of bosses, arrogant, exaggeratedly demanding and constantly threaten the person with losing their job.
  • Lack or bad organization, which allows work supersaturation.
  • Excessive ambition for power, prestige or possessions.
  • The problematic family environment that "forces" many people not to want to get home.
  • The inability to set priorities.
  • The lack of personal affections that are supplemented with work.
  • The family education that imposes on men above all, to fulfill the role of the maintainer of their family.
  • The pressure of many women whose goal is only to push their sons and daughters forward.

Signs and symptoms of workaholism

Among the symptoms or signs that a person is addicted to work and has become the main center of life and sometimes the only one, they can be named:

  • Failure to comply with the established hours for work.
  • Having little or no free time to rest and when you have the person feels uncomfortable.
  • Making the home the extension of the office, taking work home.
  • Not having reasons for conversation other than work matters.
  • Living with constant tension, fear and anguish for work.
  • Filling free time with other activities, which are not relaxing or recreational.
  • Going to work despite being sick or having some personal urgency.
  • He does not take vacations or holidays to which you are entitled.
  • Going to bed thinking about the pending issues of the next day or waking up during the night, with the concern of one of them, which obviously at that time will not be able to be solved.

Consequences related to work addiction

On the other hand, work addiction can cause serious health consequences related to fatigue and work stress that need to be mentioned:

  • Headaches or headaches.
  • Neck, back and waist pain.
  • Discomfort in legs and joints, for lack of movement, especially in people who work behind a desk.
  • Eye pain or eyestrain caused by the computer.
  • Tiredness and chronic fatigue.
  • Irritability, aggressiveness and bad mood.
  • Gastritis and nervous colitis.
  • Eruptive skin problems.
  • Nerve attacks
  • Tension drop due to fatigue.

But these symptoms are like attention calls, that body and mind need to relax, to avoid more serious diseases, such as:

  • Arterial hypertension.
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, heart failure.
  • Vascular problems such as varicose veins, thrombosis, aneurysms, strokes or hemorrhoids.

Remember, constant stress can also cause serious depression