Disorders co-occuring with work addiction

Previous studies found that work addiction may co-occur with:

  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • social anxiety,
  • obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and other personality disorders (e.g., borderline personality disorder),
  • eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa),
  • other addictive disorders (e.g., alcohol use disorder, food addiction which may be related to binge eating disorder, shopping addiction/compulsive buying),
  • bipolar disorder (manic-depressive),
  • sleep disorders, 
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If you experience work addiction it does not necessarily mean that you have any of these problems. However, some people struggling with work addiction may additionally suffer from some of them.

Some of these disorders may increase your risk of work addiction (e.g., obsessive compulsive personality disorder), some may be causes as well as results of it (e.g., anxiety or depression), and other may have common causes (e.g., eating disorders). Therefore, addressing and treating these problems may improve your overall functioning, and help you manage your work addiction.

Recognizing other cooccuring mental health problems is very important becuase comorbidity is associated with greater functional impairments (worse functioning in general) and worse health outcomes. It is necessary to address all coexisting problems becuse they may have common causes and they may interact with each other and cause relapses. It is crucial to understand why a person is driven to work excessively, how other problems may contribute to this compulsion to work, and how work addiction may affect other health problems such as depression, anxiety, or insomnia.