‘Mad’ scientists find out why geniuses go ‘mad’

In the report, a group of panelists at the annual World Science Festival in New York on Thursday said that a previous study in 2010 indicated that smarter people were more likely to develop bipolar disorder.

“They found that people who excelled when they were 16 years old were four times as likely to go on to develop bipolar disorder,” said psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, who suffers from the disease herself. The study was conducted on 700,000 Swedish teenagers.

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Another intriguing find, Vivien. Although I’ve certainly known many mentally I’ll people of average or below intelligence, this is statistically compelling. I always enjoy the challenge inherent in what you bring to light.

Glad you enjoyed it. I’m a huge ‘fan’ of Jameson’s work. It is very compelling indeed, and with such heavyweights behind the study it’s hard to ignore the conclusion.

I’ve found it fascinating that most of the bipolar people I’ve “met” have been very, very intelligent. Definitely above average.

Brilliance is a burden when it comes with such a high cost, and it’s hard to keep the collateral damage under wraps.

Agreed. I’ve often wondered why the vast majority of Bipolar people I have met online are above average in intelligence. Is it the technology that attracts the smarties in the first place? Maybe. But I absolutely agree with the study’s conclusions. 🙂

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