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Overdoing It On Exercise

from Chicago Tribune

Exercise is something most people don't get enough of. But for some dedicated fitness enthusiasts, working out can turn addictive.

Though there's no formal diagnosis, therapists consider compulsive exercise a behavioral disorder, one that can cause lasting physical harm or interfere with daily life. Excessive exercising is difficult to identify and treat because it's easily rationalized as a healthy behavior. The symptoms, however, are the opposite of what an athlete strives for: increased fatigue, injury, irritability and problems with work and relationships. more

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