Wednesday, June 04, 2014

For workaholics, rest rarely comes. In an era of cell phones, tablets and laptop computers, work is hard to escape for those who dont want to. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the detrimental health effects of workaholism in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The news may come as no surprise to you if youre a workaholic or married to oneits not a healthy lifestyle.

Workaholics, defined by researchers as working more than 50 hours a week, are more likely to skip meals and have reduced mental well-being, concluded a study in Financial Services Review.

Like other forms of addiction, workaholism can have significant health consequences, including significantly higher work-related stress and job burn-out, anger, depression, anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms such as stomachaches and headaches.

Despite the symptoms, workaholics may be in deep denial about their addiction. Some signs of workaholism include:

Trouble delegating work

Neglecting other aspects of ones non-working life

But the prospect of diminished health may not be enough to deter a determined workaholic. If you place a value on the time you spend earning money and think that time away from work is costing you cash, you may continue to push yourself even if its taking a toll.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.