Approximately one-third of employees have identified or self-diagnosed themselves as a workaholic. However, between 5–10 percent of the population has been clinically diagnosed with work addiction.

When someone overworks themselves or develops an unhealthy relationship with work, it can have adverse effects on their personal life, physical health, and mental wellness. Being dedicated and enjoying your job differs from developing an addiction to work.

Some common symptoms of work addiction include:

  • Obsessing about work and success
  • Intense fear of failure relative to work
  • Excessive worrying about performance at work
  • Being defensive toward others at work
  • Experiencing overwhelming feelings of negativity
  • Using work to avoid personal issues or relationships

Some common symptoms of work addiction that can be recognized by others are:

  • Working unnecessary extra hours without receiving compensation
  • Loss of sleep due to work
  • Neglecting other activities or relationships to work
  • Social isolation due to overworking

Work Addiction Self-Assessment

If you recognize symptoms of work addiction in yourself, take this self-assessment to help identify the signs. This quiz is a self-guided assessment that has been created from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which is the standard criteria for diagnosing mental health and substance use disorders. While not a formal clinical diagnosis, the results of this work addiction quiz can help you better understand how a work addiction may affect your life.

Please note that this self-assessment cannot substitute an official, clinical diagnosis. Only a medical professional can diagnose work addiction. To determine whether you need treatment, discuss your quiz results and symptoms with a mental health professional.

The quiz contains 12 questions related to work addiction.

Please answer “yes” or “no.” In the past six months, have you:

Been more excited about your work than spending time with family and friends or participating in other activities you once enjoyed?
Taken work home with you or on vacations?
Worked more than 40 hours a week and not received compensation for the extra hours?
Taken on extra work because you were afraid it wouldn’t be completed otherwise?
Thought it was OK to work extra hours because you love your job?
Become impatient with coworkers or other people in your life who have other priorities outside of work?
Felt that if you didn't work all the time you’d lose your job or be a failure?
Gotten irritated when people asked you to stop working to do something else?
Worked while driving or during conversations?
Worked during meals?
Had dreams while sleeping about work?
Had someone tell you that you needed to reduce the number of hours you work?

Your confidential assessment results will appear on the next page. Please enter your information to proceed to your results.

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