Mood disorders and mental imperfections may stem from high intelligence and natural talent.

The cost of intelligence, rumour has it, is insanity. Well, not exactly, but I got your attention so listen.

First of all, I hope you don’t take offense of my use words like, ‘madness’ or ‘lunacy’. If it makes you feel better, I’m mad as well. Now, let’s turn our attention back to our smarts.

There is a high cost for being intelligent. I don’t speak of intelligence from the classroom, per say. True intelligence is usually there long before the school years. There are characteristics which brand a person of intellectual nature. Now, we’ve established that.

It’s kind of complicated, in a way, but it would stand to reckon that when an individual is smart, they suffer from an over-abundance of thoughts-hence mental. Sometimes these thoughts are in disarray, fumbling over each other and striving for the spotlight. I guess this sounds silly, but imagine thoughts as millions of ants, all trying to get at the top of the pile.

These are the thoughts of a highly intelligent person, but one who may lack the ability to focus. This is where we encounter our point. Mood disorders, mental imperfections and awkward personalities may stem from an intelligent mind.


Psychologists have found that childhood high IQs are linked to early adulthood bipolar disorder. Although bipolar disorder is thought to be primarily genetic, being triggered by childhood trauma, now there’s a link to high IQ scores as well.

So, how did we test this?

To test the facts about childhood IQ and its connection with bipolar disorder, 1,881 children, age 8, were followed until they reached their early 20s. Along the way, IQ was measured and characteristics of mood disorders were recorded. Just a 10-point difference made a change in adult mental health. There were signs of bipolar mania. So, it’s true. All along the roadway of development those test subjects can quote ‘Queen’.

“I’m going slightly mad.”

Mad Creative Intelligence

Professor Daniel Smith, one of the authors of the study, reported,

A possible link between bipolar disorder, intelligence and creativity have been discussed for many years and studies have suggested a link.

Creativity has indeed been lumped with lunacy. As you know, art of all kinds has been an indicator of some sort of mood disorder. In fact, many artists, like Van Gogh, have displayed symptoms of mood disorders and we know how talented he was. Poets, like Poe, displayed symptoms of depression as well.

Yes, I know we are talking about intelligence, but there’s a link here somewhere – a connection of the three – intelligence, mental illness and creativity. It takes a great mind to be able to tap into emotions needed for awe-inspiring works of art.

The truth of the matter

Of course, it’s not cut and dry. There is a clear connection, but we need to understand why. There are other factors, childhood adversity and drug use, which can trigger mood disruptions, namely bipolar disorder. The thing is, this could make others assume that those with bipolar disorder have a weak mind and cannot cope with the trauma and stress in life.

On the contrary, those with bipolar disorder strive for a perfect world while fully aware of the immortal imperfections that will always remain. They just think too much and are aware of things that they rather not know.

Maybe I’m an advocate for mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, and that’s because I suffer myself. There’s not one day that I’m free from racing thoughts, sleeplessness and strange bouts of inhuman energy – that’s the ordeal. Could I be intelligent? I have no idea, I don’t like to assume those things about myself. But yeah, there’s a price to pay and a huge one.

Appreciating great minds

The objective would be, in my opinion, to study these indicators so that children can learn how to control this massive amount of information that swirls within their brains. Also, raising awareness of this theory can speak volumes, and finding fact is key.

For the rest, being kind and killing the stigma of mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, will bring acceptance of our intelligence. After all, we’re in this together… how cliché. 🙂

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Kripi

    Exactly what I have been feeling for myself. It’s kind of like those who are good and doing tough things, are often face difficulty doing easy tasks…Even if we see the examples of many change makers like inventors and all, they had also suffered, Such people face a lot of difficulties though but as per me ability of being different drives me, sometimes it acts as a drawback but mostly it feels good by being unique 🙂

  2. Fred gillum

    I, too, have stumbled through life with a sense of bewilderment. I’ve tried many ways to {not think) about so many things, but not always successfully.
    How did you wake up so young? I’m almost 74 and still seeking.

  3. Mantramurti

    Bipolar type 1, all of the above, intelligent (although not genius), childhood abuse, had psychotic episode at 27, great for creativity if you can harness it. On lithium for three years and then started with yoga (asana, pranayama & meditation) found that to bring about same calm as lithium. Been drug free for 15 years now with no mania and a little bit of depression. That said, have to maintain yoga practices otherwise start to backslide after a few days…Alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhan) seems to be best practice for creating internal mental peace.

  4. Bonny

    Great article. Thanks! I too manage my life with bipolar disorder and have been told many a times that I am too smart for my own good. I personally struggle with the mundane, slow ways of life – people don’t seem to understand that if I wasn’t on medication – they’d never be able to keep up!

  5. Ralph Monteath

    Thank you for your article. I agree. But with mental disarray comes the lesser ability to overlook perfectionism and actually focus.

    I strongly believe that the most valuable persons in the world are the one’s that are able to execute and showcase their amazing thoughts in an output that others can consume – if not, then another amazing mind is being lost with just the winds of thoughts.

  6. TjAdams

    Anyone ever been a target of gaslighting by a disordered relative (narcissist)?

    1. Sherrie Hurd

      Yes, many times. I just walk away.

  7. philip coleman

    like you stated Sherrie the world becomes two complete different places at the flip of a switch.For me the world has ended with the corrupt election of a madman and his choices of bigoted idiots around him. I can no longer turn on the teevee. With LOVE PHIL.

  8. Christina

    To Philip Coleman…our newly elected madman is our president,,but, that does not mean our world has ended, in fact, its a new beginning! Don’t turn on TV..don’t pick up you iPhone, remember back in a day when there wasn’t cable TV, iPhone or the web..I find it refreshing not to be strangled with modern technology every second of the day,,go outside, breath the fresh air, enjoy the foliage, the trees…in four years, our idiot will be gone..hopefully!

  9. Andrew Kiel

    Thanks for the article Sherrie. Since I was a child I have been diagnosed with many disorders such as a.d.d., bipolar, o.c.d., depression. manic and substance abuse etc. I refused to stop seeing counselors because I already knew what was wrong with me and there lies the biggest problem for us all, bein told that we are the ones broken. We all know the dangers for the young when they are made to feel this way. My mother before she passed made me promise to keep taking societies fix by continuing to drug my soul with side effect riddled pills (I am not saying this is a bad thing for all). After she passed I stopped taking mood regulators and felt so much better( If u do this u cannot go cold turkey and must work with your Doc). I was starting to see some clarity when I was badly injured. My face was badly broken and at the time they we taking me into brain surgery because my brain was bleeding. The bleeding stop at the last minute because it stopped. This left me with a 3rd level of bipolar that was insane. I always thought of this as being tripolar but looking into it sounds like had a different problem. From the studies I read have now have d.i.d. or personality disorder. They said I would start using the other side of my brain and have some brain damage. I took the doctors basic i.q. test and he said I was functioning better than average. This made absolutely no sense to me because of the deep fog in my thought process. I decided to take multiple online I.Q. test and was consistently 135. After 5 years the fog has finally lifted and feeling better than ever and feel that I can think clearly more than ever. Hang in there Fred Gillum

  10. Howie Merrill

    thank you for more food for thought. can’t defeat it but that doesn’t stop me from punching the **** out of it while it punches me back.

  11. Malika

    Thanks for the information. I agree with you. Mood disorders and mental imperfections may be due to high intelligence. i think it may be perfect for me. really there is a high cost for being intelligent.

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