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When Productivity Becomes an Addiction

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BBC Worklife

Jessica Mudditt


How can you recognize the signs of work addiction?


"'Productivity’ has become a buzzword with positive connotations – but what happens when getting things done is taken to an extreme?"
A compulsion to work excessively can have detrimental health effects on an individual's mental and physical health. It can result in withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression and fear. Addiction affects the brain's reward system and encourages compulsive behavior despite harmful consequences. However, society tends to reward work addiction. This article explores the unique challenges to identifying and addressing work addiction and concerns about the consequences, such as burnout.Read the full story on BBC

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