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    Study surveys 3,715 members of American Mensa with an IQ higher than 130



    The stereotype of a tortured genius may have a basis in reality after a new study found that people with higher IQs are more at risk of developing mental illness.

    A team of US researchers surveyed 3,715 members of American Mensa with an IQ higher than 130. An “average IQ score” or “normal IQ score” can be defined as a score between 85 and 115.

    The team asked the Mensa members to report whether they had been diagnoses with mental illnesses, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    They were also asked to report mood and anxiety disorders, or whether the suspected they suffered from any mental illnesses that had yet to be diagnosed, as well as physiological diseases, like food allergies and asthma.

    After comparing this with the statistical national average for each illness they found that those in the Mensa community had considerably higher rates of varying disorders.

    While 10 per cent of the general population were diagnosed with anxiety disorder, that rose to 20 per cent among the Mensa community, according to the study which published in the Science Direct journal.

    Their research was based on model that suggests intelligent people with "hyper brains" are more reactive to environmental stimulus and that “may predispose them to certain psychological disorders as well as physiological conditions involving elevated sensory and altered immune and inflammatory responses".



    Their study seemed to confirm this, as it suggested that because of their increased awareness levels, those with higher IQs react more to their environment. This creates a hyper brain/hyper body scenario, where they display a hyperactive central nervous system.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/he...-a8005801.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babak View Post
    Study surveys 3,715 members of American Mensa with an IQ higher than 130



    The stereotype of a tortured genius may have a basis in reality after a new study found that people with higher IQs are more at risk of developing mental illness.

    A team of US researchers surveyed 3,715 members of American Mensa with an IQ higher than 130. An “average IQ score” or “normal IQ score” can be defined as a score between 85 and 115.

    The team asked the Mensa members to report whether they had been diagnoses with mental illnesses, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    They were also asked to report mood and anxiety disorders, or whether the suspected they suffered from any mental illnesses that had yet to be diagnosed, as well as physiological diseases, like food allergies and asthma.

    After comparing this with the statistical national average for each illness they found that those in the Mensa community had considerably higher rates of varying disorders.

    While 10 per cent of the general population were diagnosed with anxiety disorder, that rose to 20 per cent among the Mensa community, according to the study which published in the Science Direct journal.

    Their research was based on model that suggests intelligent people with "hyper brains" are more reactive to environmental stimulus and that “may predispose them to certain psychological disorders as well as physiological conditions involving elevated sensory and altered immune and inflammatory responses".

    Their study seemed to confirm this, as it suggested that because of their increased awareness levels, those with higher IQs react more to their environment. This creates a hyper brain/hyper body scenario, where they display a hyperactive central nervous system.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/he...-a8005801.html
    I think a lot of issues stem when someone of higher intelligence sees someone doing better than what they are especially financially. A lot of people never come to the realization that it takes more than just intelligence for success. It takes proper networking. That saying who you know. It can also be a double edged sword. Who you know might hold you back as well.

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    Perhaps, it has something to do with members of MENSA rather than just people with high IQ.

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    Old news....

    Seen it in my own family. The gifted ones often end up with schizo or bipolar or some such thing. The dumb ones get along in life just fine.

    But crazy people like to say they are crazy because of their high IQ. Doesn't exactly work that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slavic Italian
    I think a lot of issues stem when someone of higher intelligence sees someone doing better than what they are especially financially. A lot of people never come to the realization that it takes more than just intelligence for success. It takes proper networking. That saying who you know. It can also be a double edged sword. Who you know might hold you back as well.
    UGHHHHH. "proper networking" = Facebook. URGHHH

    Then there are us smart ones who are too smart for our own good, because we don't use Facebook so we get held back. Such is life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spik View Post
    Perhaps, it has something to do with members of MENSA rather than just people with high IQ.
    Good one.

    High IQ people from MENSA got 20% "crazy", and they are significantly small on numbers compared to the general population.

    The general population got 10% "crazy", but we don't know how much high IQ people there are among them. If those 10% are by chance all high IQ personnel, there would be something to infer...

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