fatigue, whereas others use the term chronic fatigue merely to denote
longstanding tiredness it becomes very difficult to figure out who is
talking about what. It should be noted that stress may indirectly
predispose any person to any disease by impacting the immune system.
However, stress, like fatigue means different things to different
people. One person's stress may not affect someone else. And as always
the key is the definition. How one defines being a workaholic will
impact what is found or studied.
The respectable addicts
by Barbara Killinger, Ph.D.
The Workaholic Breakdown Syndrome: Chronic Fatigue
The role of chronic fatigue.
Published on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Killinger, Ph.D. in The Workaholics
Dependent on others to affirm their self worth, workaholics suffer a
crisis of confidence as the six escalating fears discussed in the
previous blog, especially the fear of failure and increasing paranoia,
cause anxiety levels to climb and eventually destabilize functioning.
Chronic fatigue occurs when both the mind and the body are drained of
all energy by constant rushing and over-scheduling. The long excessive
hours of work heighten stress levels, compounded by increasing
emotional turmoil, self-doubt, and growing relationship problems. More
frequent and crashing bouts of fatigue serve as a circuit breaker to
immobilize the frenetic workaholic. Adrenalin, after all, was intended
for emergency situations, for fight or flight.
As stress begins to take its toll, workaholics must rely on an
adrenalin "fix" just to keep going. For awhile, caffeine stimulants do
help them stay alert. Like alcoholics, however, a greater intake is
necessary as periodic bouts of fatigue become more frequent and
severe. Like a worn-out elastic that has lost its spring, the
adrenalin system eventually crashes, and workaholics slip into a
serious state of chronic fatigue.
Their health eventually does break down.
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