In this world of competition and constant interaction it would seem only natural that many of us would turn on into autopilot mode and begin working non-stop until we drop! This constant need to work and produce can be seen as a result of our open market, where hard work put in is encouraged and even rewarded by big promotions, bigger salaries, and even bigger titles. It is no wonder that many of us can succumb to the problematic state of being a workaholic. Several studies conducted have shown that although this type of behavior can usually be associated with a Type-A personality, there is still room left open for interpretation.
The bottom line is, if you find yourself working past your limits, pushing yourself till you’re weak, and obsessing over your work then you may be a workaholic. Although a hard working attitude is definitely not something to frown upon, over excessive working can lead to detrimental effects. Although you may be working non-stop, studies have shown that as the hours toll on your work becomes less and less productive. Many times, workaholics are just working for the pure pleasure of an adrenaline rush to meet a deadline, or coping with an obsessive compulsive disorder.
Since the American work ethic is so proud of a constant worker it proposes a challenge in diagnosing and helping those suffering workaholics deal with their issues. Keep in mind, although your work is a part of you it is definitely not the entire picture. Remember to refocus and gather your thoughts, aiming to focus and balance out all areas of your life.