Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity?

Are Mood Disorders

In one study, the team examined the IQ of nearly 2,000 8-year-old children and compared the data with those same children who developed manic traits by the age of 22 or 23. What they discovered is that high childhood IQ was positively associated with bipolar symptoms later in life.

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“There is something about the genetics underlying the disorder that is advantageous. One possibility is that serious disorders of mood – such as bipolar disorder – are the price that human beings have had to pay for more adaptive traits such as intelligence, creativity, and verbal proficiency,” said lead researcher Daniel Smith of the University of Glasgow.

But he’s quick to add that having a high IQ is not a clear-cut risk factor for developing the disorder. Instead, other variables — such as environmental influences like exposure to maternal influenza in the womb or childhood sexual abuse — may trigger the illness if there is a genetic tendency for it.

Another study also found a link between genetics, bipolar disorder, and creativity. The researchers reviewed the DNA of over 86,000 people in the search for specific genes that increased the risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

They also documented if the individuals were involved in creative fields — like music, dancing, acting, and writing. After analyzing the data, the team found that those who are creative are up to 25 percent more likely to carry genes associated with bipolar and schizophrenia, compared to their non-creative counterparts.

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“Our findings suggest that creative people may have a genetic predisposition toward thinking differently, which, when combined with other harmful biological or environmental factors, could lead to mental illness,” said Robert A. Power of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London

For those who are diagnosed with mood disorders, we need to seriously question how many of these highly intelligent and creative individuals are sacrificed on the altar of “normalcy” by way of the pharmaceutical industry — and to what end.

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Originally appeared on Wake up world

Written by Carolanne Wright

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48 thoughts on “Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity?”

  1. is a kind of habitual behavior or addiction from our mental and emotional state….
    it defines by our action and response to our state of our being…
    the mood is state of condition dictated by emotion and feelings…

    1. Aletheia Ilion : I don’t blame you my friend .. having a family member with mental illness, behavioral Disorder is no Picnic .. I KNOW that .. trust me .. my cousin Zainab knows the history .. so we joke about it to lighten things up .. No offense intended .. I just joked about it sarcastically ..

    2. yeah it’s hell of silver lining thats often propounded to us. i think its a great injustice to dub mentally ill as creative cuz this gives a hope and that hope eventually stops us from evading miseries.

    3. Auwn Gurmani : i agree .. you’ve got a point there .. but “different” people do excel in some fields .. since they have the out of the box perspective about life ..

    4. “I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?” Voltaire

    5. Auwn Gurmani : I dont argue with Voltaire :p the man is a legend .. on a serious note, I see your point .. !! one has to remind one’s self over and over about priorities to get through this hell .. but even feeling this way, Voltaire became what he was .. ” rough seas do make a skillful sailor “

    6. Sara Aftab wondering if it’s possible to be creative and mentally ill both at the same time. what people see something as “creative” is in fact the excruciating pain that the alleged creator endured in one point in time. People not valuing the pain but superficially cherishing the creativity is problematic.

    7. the society tragically reeks of hypocrisy as i came across people who cherished the creativity however despised the creator just for the reason that he/she was misfit or something like that.

    8. true .. but there are things we tell ourselves to fall asleep at night .. let it be one of them .. these painful trims will polish the diamond in the rough that you are .. i believe its possible .. i believe you can never write something that connects to millions of broken hearts, if you never had your heart broken or know the pain ..

    9. Auwn Gurmani : happens to my loved one every single day, i see him dying inside .. right in front of me, helpless !! yes that’s exactly what it is ..

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