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Submitted by : jappy
Submitted on : Jul 03,2005 9:03:51 pm
Are highly intelligent people more susceptible to depression?
Yes, I would love to explain why...but I'm too depressed.
I think that is the stereotype, but the evidence is rather mixed. I think if the highly reflective intelligent person engages in a bit too much introspection, they might be more likely to suffer from depression. I don't think though that there is a significant correlation. Plenty of people below the average intelligence level suffer from depression as well.
BTW, I looked at some research and couldn't find any significant of amount of research suggesting the highly intelligent are more likely to be depressed.
People in a variety of situations can be depressed regardless of what their level of intelligence is.
your more likely to be bored and dissatisfied if your over avarage intelligence but i dont see the link to depression. one odd thing. a huge iq test was ran in britain and the results came as a bit of a shock. the higher the wage earner the lower the iq. so people on welfare were the snartest of all. I suppose that comes from more time to take things in. Not that i think iq tests are really a measure of intelligence.
You know, it's completely possible. I have an IQ of 166 (yes I know it's not an all-telling factor of intelligence, but it gives ya an idea) and I suffer from depression, and I know a lot of other really smart people like this.
This is a Jappy ballot?Where's the big bugs and giant squids? God! I'm so depressed!
I wouldn't worry about it if I were you, jappy. You're certainly not in danger.
You are right about that, I'm so totally gay right now. By gay I mean happy. NO, seriously, I mean happy, quit calling me a homo!! QUIT IT!! I AM NOT GAY GAY I AM HAPPY GAY!! *sigh* I'm so depressed.
Bites ME on the butt more often than most of my other friends, it seems. But I'm under a psychiatrist's regular care, and he sees no evidence of depression.
I think so. People who are more intelligent are hard to entertain because they understand things like physics and earth & they don't see the "trick" in things as the average do. EX: If you go to the magic show and know how ever magic trick works then you won't find it as amusing as someone who doesn't know how it works.
Here's another example of how intelligent people are more depressed:
The mentally disabled or mentally impaired for example, are more often to laugh at anything and find everything as 'good'. Same goes for children, their minds aren't developed so their easy to entertain. You'd never see a genius adult play with toys, would you?
If they are unstimulated i supose so the thing is when you really think deeply bout things you go in circles.But i only think its so for very highly intelligent people.You could be a very lazy intelligent person happy doing nothing.
I've been diagnosed as a manic, not sure if that's true but I'd claim average intelligence.
Voted : Undetermined
If the person is highly intelligent and is an individual who is into concepts and ideas i.e. a big thinker they are more likely to become depressed. This is due to the fact that these people tend to be dragged down by the bureaucracy, red tape and detail which people with a more compliant personality will impose on them. People like this will not like alot of structure, they will HATE people who cannot instantly see the benefits of an idea and hone in on a problem rather than the opportunity. The highly intelligent person will become frustrated and annoyed and if this is happening within the family over their life they will become depressed
Yes, because they can find no "equals" to share their life with.
They spend all their life "tolerating" the mass of lessor minds in the world, which can be very wearing on the soul.
They end up feeling isolated and out of touch with the rest of the world, which is always rejecting them for being "different" from the average "shrub".