Can being workaholics pave way to some mental disorder?

30 Jun
Sameeksha Pavaskar

Nowadays our life revolves around work and nothing else.People say that they like work and might just  take 4 days of the year off.Is this really good for the person's mental health and physical health?What is the difference between being passionate about worth and being a workaholic?Are there some major symptoms of being workaholic or can it lead to certain mental disorders?Many people tend to work hard for the first 5 days of the week and then party harder during the weekend.Does this approach work from the perspective of the wellbeing of the person?What is the real key to stay happy and healthy in life at both professional and personal front?

Responses 2

  • Rinkle Jain
    Rinkle Jain   Jul 01, 2017 04:09 PM

    Hey there,

    It is true that most of the people in today's generation are workaholics. And yes to some extent, it does take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. However, that is determined by the reason as to why you are a workaholic and what are your working habits. If you are passionate about your work and actually love doing it, I don't see why it will cause any harm to your mental health but your body needs its rest and if that is compromised it can affect your physical well-being. However, if you are workaholic because it helps you avoid your family life or your social life, it is definitely going to take a toll on your mental well being. This is because your work helps you escape from the realities that you don't want to face. This can affect yout social behaviour to a great length and of course if you have unhealthy working habits, your physical health with also be affected. It can issues like sleep deprivation, extreme stress which can lead to heart diseases, memory issues etc. And lastly, as long as a balance is being maintained between your professional and personal life, it is okay to be workaholic. 

  • Shriya Naidu
    Shriya Naidu   Jun 30, 2017 10:13 PM

    Hi,

    It is true that some people are extremely passionate about their work. With such people, it becomes hard to correctly identify when they become workaholics. It’s pretty simple. When your work is hindering other aspects of your personal and social life and you still continue to work without being aware of the damage it is causing you, you may be called a workaholic.

    There are people who are passionate about their work but are able to balance between personal, professional and social life. When there is an excessive internal need to perform work when there is no external need such as monetary benefits, at the cost of personal life one may be called a workaholic.

    Being a workaholic is definitely not good for one’s mental health and it takes a toll on one’s emotional self as well. Sometimes excessive working also causes a degree of retardation which happens because they have crossed the threshold of functioning of their body for that task. Therefore their body isn’t capable to perform the task any longer.

    Alternatively, there are people who work hard and party hard. From a psychological perspective that isn’t exactly healthy behaviour but it doesn’t come under any disorder. So, as long as people are able to keep that balance we can safely say that they aren’t workaholics.