Intelligence and Creativity leads to bipolar disorder later in life

A new study has revealed that children with higher IQ are at greater risk of developing bipolar disorder in adulthood. With the study, researcher found an interlink between intelligence, creativity and manic traits lifetime.

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression. These types of maniac features including frequent mood swings are closely linked with intelligence and better IQ.

For the study. a team of researchers from the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff and Texas observed data of 1,881 participants from the ‘Children of the 90s’ birth cohort, also known as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Researchers took the IQ tests at the age of eight, then they checked those participants for maniac features when they turned 22-23 years old.

Study authors noted that children who scored nearly 10 points higher than the average children had 10 percent more chances of developing manic traits like bipolar disorder at later stage in life. In addition, children with better verbal IQ (VIQ) were at greater risk of abnormal traits in later life.

The study found that better the IQ, higher the risk of bipolar disorder in adulthood. Professor Daniel Smith of University of Glasgow said that better IQ doesn’t mean that children will show maniac traits in future and there isn’t any clear-cut risk factor. However, there are chances that it might lead bipolar disorder and this interlink needs to be understood fully.

The study has brought out an astonishing notion. It will help in early detection of bipolar disorder. However, more research is needed to confirm the findings and show that intelligence leads to bipolar disorder. Intelligence which made humans superior of all other species might have its negative side too which causes manic traits in humans.

The study appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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