Exceptional intelligence linked with bipolar disorder!
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 18:15
London: Brilliant students face a higher risk of suffering from bipolar disorder than their less intelligent peers, claims a new research, supporting the belief that exceptional intelligence is linked with the mental illness.

According to the study at Karolinska Institute in Sweden, students with higher level of intelligence are almost four times more likely to suffer from the condition, known as manic depression.

Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Sir Winston Churchill, Alexander The Great, Christopher Columbus and Picasso are some of the great names believed to be suffering from the disorder, The Telegraph reported.

Lead researcher Dr James MacCabe of King's College London said: "We found achieving an A grade is associated with increased risk for bipolar disorder, particularly in humanities and to a lesser extent in science subjects.

"A-grades in Swedish and Music had particularly strong associations, supporting the literature which consistently finds associations between linguistic and musical creativity and bipolar disorder."

For the study, researchers analysed exam results of more than 700,000 Swedish teenagers and discovered that those with the most excellent performance were nearly four times as likely to develop the disorder as adults, compared to those with average grades.

This increased risk even remained after they took consideration of other factors such as parental education and socioeconomic status, according the findings published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 18:15

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