Being a workaholic is something that some people might joke about. Addiction researchers take it seriously, though. Being addicted to work is a real thing and it can be a real problem for some people. According to researchers, work addiction is mainly characterized by working excessively and compulsively. In other words, if you are a workaholic you feel compelled to work for more hours than is normal. To decide if you\u2019re addicted to work, you may need to get into more specifics. Here are seven classic signs that you may be addicted to work: \tYou spend time thinking about how you can work more hours each day. This means that you actively look for time that can be spent working. That trip to the zoo you promised the kids this weekend? They won\u2019t be too upset if you skip it to head into the office, right? Maybe date night with your spouse can be jettisoned in favor of working. \tYou work more than you mean to. Do you often tell your spouse you\u2019ll be home in an hour, only to look at the clock and realize that three hours have passed since you made that promise? Do you tell yourself you\u2019ll just spend two hours at the office Saturday and then stay the whole day? \tYou devote yourself to work to escape from unpleasant emotions. You feel anxious, depressed or guilty, and to tamp down those feelings you keep yourself busy at work. If you\u2019re busy, you can\u2019t think about it, right? \tFriends or family ask you to cut back at work, but you don\u2019t listen. We can often judge another person\u2019s well-being or state of mind better than we can judge ourselves. If your loved ones are worried about your level of work, you might really have a problem. \tNot being able to work stresses you out. You really have to come home in time to attend an event. It is non-negotiable, but the whole time you\u2019re there you think about work. You feel anxious and stressed out because you really want to be in the office getting work done. \tOther activities fall by the wayside because of your devotion to work. You used to jog in the morning before work, but now you get up early to get to the office instead. You haven\u2019t been able to read that book sitting at your bedside because work seems more important. \tYour work habits are harming your health. Maybe you aren\u2019t taking time to eat well or exercise anymore and you have gained weight as a result. Or the stress of working long hours is causing you to sleep poorly, and yet you don\u2019t slow down. The above signs of work addiction come from research and surveys of thousands of people. Psychiatrists use them as a scale to assess the level of addiction a patient has to work. If you respond to four or more of these signs by saying that you are often or always like that, you might have a work addiction. If you\u2019re thinking about it, you are on the right path. Try to cut back on work and add in some other activities that you used to enjoy. Spend more time with family and less time in the office. If you find that you can\u2019t make these changes and that not being at work makes you feel anxious or sick, you may need some professional guidance. See a therapist or psychiatrist who can help you work through your workaholism.