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Do depression and bipolar occur more with higher intelligence?

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In brief: Great question: Yes

There is no doubt that the incidence of mood disorders is higher among certain classes of creative individuals, poets in particular. Yet the association to general intelligence is weak, and the presence of a mood disorder does not predict high iq.
Kay redfield jamison is head of mood disorders at johns hopkins, bipolar herself, a brilliant writer and psychologist. See her "touched with fire".

In brief: Great question: Yes

There is no doubt that the incidence of mood disorders is higher among certain classes of creative individuals, poets in particular. Yet the association to general intelligence is weak, and the presence of a mood disorder does not predict high iq.
Kay redfield jamison is head of mood disorders at johns hopkins, bipolar herself, a brilliant writer and psychologist. See her "touched with fire".
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not Really

We all hear stories about "gifted" individuals who struggle with severe mood related problmes.
However, there is no clear association between IQ and the presence of mood disorders.

In brief: Not Really

We all hear stories about "gifted" individuals who struggle with severe mood related problmes.
However, there is no clear association between IQ and the presence of mood disorders.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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2 doctors agree

In brief: That is a Myth.

No scientific data to support that depressionand bipolar occur more with high intelligence.

In brief: That is a Myth.

No scientific data to support that depressionand bipolar occur more with high intelligence.
Dr. Raveendra Suryadevara
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Dr. Gregg Friedman
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Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometime

Bipolar disorder may be associated with higher levels of energy and creativity.
But its only effective if the mood is stabilized properly. Otherwise the creative ideas my be fragmented in mania and harder to express in depression.

In brief: Sometime

Bipolar disorder may be associated with higher levels of energy and creativity.
But its only effective if the mood is stabilized properly. Otherwise the creative ideas my be fragmented in mania and harder to express in depression.
Dr. Donald Haupt
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