The And Its Effects On Individual's Physical And Psychological Health

1529 Words Nov 13th, 2015 7 Pages
The term “workaholism” holds no universal definition. On one hand, it is considered similar to addiction to chemical substances, and on the other it is a behavioral issue that has to potential to obstruct basic life functions like sleep, nourishment, and maintenance of personal relationships. Workaholism is also not always viewed as the amount of time that one spends working, but rather the amount of time that one spends thinking about work or work-related tasks. Some feel guilt during leisure time if they are not completing a task, and others bring their work with them on vacation. Workaholism is an increasing problem that is not being fully addressed because it is viewed as “productive," however the more time one spends working, the less productive they become, and the more likely they are to have a work related accident. Overworking can have a negative impact on an individual’s physical and psychological health, which can further affect their lives inimicably by increasing the risk of feeling loneliness due to unhealthy/unstable personal relationships, and decreasing work productivity due to fatigue and depression. Overworking can also cause a series of medical conditions, including the deterioration of cardiovascular health, high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke, and musculoskeletal disorders. Additionally, the impulse to be working at all times can be understood through a series of personality traits including perfectionism, low self-esteem, and the need…
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