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Workaholism – Psychiatric Problems

A large Norwegian study found that workaholism often co-occurs with psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, OCD, and depression.
“The study showed that workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics. Among workaholics, the main findings were that:
32.7 per cent met ADHD criteria (12.7 per cent among non-workaholics).
25.6 per cent OCD criteria (8.7 per cent among non-workaholics).
33.8 per cent met anxiety criteria (119 per cent among non-workaholics).
8.9 per cent met depression criteria (2.6 per cent among non-workaholics).


“Thus, taking work to the extreme may be a sign of deeper psychological or emotional issues. Whether this reflects overlapping genetic vulnerabilities, disorders leading to workaholism or, conversely, workaholism causing such disorders, remain uncertain,” says Schou Andreassen.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525084547.htm

What A Year

I have just completed one year of psychotherapy* with an amazing clinical social worker, accompanied by psychiatric/psychological follow-up. Today, at 54, I am as mentally and emotionally strong as maybe never before in my life.

Until less than a year ago my life was a mess. And that of my son even more. Our home was a mess, and I am not even going to begin detailing.

After another psychiatric hospitalization of several months, my 26-year-old son (who is struggling with psychotic OCD) has been living in supervised housing for the past 6 months and he is learning to live an independent and socially healthy life.

I have moved to a new apartment with my cat and have begun studying psychology and working with children with special needs.

The love of my life (who is also coping with emotional-mental complexity) has evolved into my best friend.

Things are far from perfect, but they are steadily improving.

AND, most days are sunny and warm in this country.


* State-funded, I didn’t pay a penny.

Focused or Diffuse?

Dear Friends,

If you wondered what happened to me…  well, no need to worry, I am still suffering from personhood.

This dynamite choice of  words is from the book The Fault in our Stars by John Green, which Time called “damn near genius”. Augustus tells Hazel (two young people struggling with cancer who fall in love) that his last girlfriend is no longer among the living: “Caroline is no longer suffering from personhood.”

I am not suffering THAT much and I am definitely happy to be alive, but my life has been quite rough lately.

Mental and emotional health issues have leashed out again in my very close environment, hurting people I love and myself in various ways.

After months in which my son’s increasingly severe psychotic OCD became unbearable, he is now finally hospitalized. We had to force him into hospitalization but now he is relieved to be there. Let’s hope he’ll get the right treatment and eventually be able to begin living his life and making use of his brilliant brain.

Further, my best friend, who is coping with bipolar disorder, is going through a major depressive phase. To see a person suffer so much, especially if he/she is someone you are very close to, really hurts.

Then, I am moving flats again (one of the main reasons I decided to leave the place I was living in with my son and to move to another flat without him, was to force him out and into the hospital. His psychiatrist helped us. I say “us” because in the end this step will help both my son and me to begin anew.) And I am struggling to make a living. Fortunately, I myself am receiving (state-funded) psychological support, which helps me function and remain sane in these crazy times.


And now I would like to share my latest learning activity and the link to the coolest (free!!) online courses with you:

Coursera – the best MOOCs ever.  Academic level courses – fun, challenging, and rewarding.

The latest course I took: Learning how to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects. https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn (The title of this post, Focused and diffuse modes of learning, is one of the topics covered in the course.)

Also check out their other courses. I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.