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Re: CORRELATION BETWEEN IQ AND MENTAL ILLNESS? KimberlyDi

Posted by gianpiero on November 7, 2003, at 20:03:50

In reply to Re: CORRELATION BETWEEN IQ AND MENTAL ILLNESS?, posted by KimberlyDi on November 7, 2003, at 9:13:18

I don't object to the term "mental illness". Despite being more intelligent than a vast majority or the population, we still suffer from serious side-effects due to our higher mental capacity. All that over-analyzing is not healthy for our bodies. So, if our minds are causing our bodies to become sick, "mental illness" seems like a good fit.

I guess we just have to become accustomed to being eccentric and different. It's pretty ironic that our high intelligence would cause us so much difficulty. I wish there was a way to harness all that energy we use for worrying and obsessing, and use it to our advantage.

Gianpiero
> Then it irritates me that the word "mental illness" is applied to many people of higher IQ simply because they are different. Increased mental capacity yet decreased social sophistication. "Normal" is defined by society and we must all conform to it. Would some depression in these cases be from being unaccepted as is?
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> > I suffer from depression,anxiety,and mild derealization/depersonalization. Last tested my IQ was 145.I strongly believe that a higher intelligence feeds an preexisting genetic
> > weakness. I am overly analytical and always have been, my constant thinking has evolved into a continuous "what if" cycle that eventually developed into full blown panic. Almost everyone I have ever spoken with that suffers from depression of a moderate to severe form has a higher than average intelligence. Many creative geniuses throughout history showed signs of bi-polarism, depression ,and other mental disorders.I don't always see the correlation between panic disorder and higher intelligence but certainly one exists with depression and almost always bi-polar disorder as well as many of the other mental illnesses.
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