According to the University of Glasgow, researchers at the school performed a study and found that children with high IQs are prone to having bipolar disorder later in life.
Researchers used data from the over 14,000 women, their partners and their children who were involved in a 90's birth cohort, officially deemed the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children aka ALSPAC. Information about the children's IQs at age 8 was gathered through verbal and performance IQ testing. Their manic tendencies during the ages 22 and 23 were also studied.
Children who scored in the highest 10 percent of manic features had an average childhood IQ about 10 points higher than the studies young participants in the lowest 10 percent of manic features. Professor Daniel Smith of the University of Glasgow's Institute of Health & Wellbeing said there is likely a biological relationship between high creativity, intelligence and bipolar disorders. He mentioned the link needs to be more fully explored to understand the tie between the two and how that information can be used to better predict and treat bipolar disorder.
There are many people throughout history who had extremely high IQs and creative abilities and were also likely coping with bipolar disorder. Mental Floss postulated that Ludwig Von Beethoven probably experienced the condition as he went from extreme manic periods of composing to flights of rage at parties. The publication also mentioned that Winston Churchill may have struggled with bipolar. The famous leader underwent mild manic phases, quick changing moods and periods of depression.
Spotting bipolar disorder
If you are the parent of a child with a high IQ, it's not a bad idea to understand a bit about bipolar disorder so you can keep an eye on your son or daughter's mental health. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms commonly experienced by individuals who have the condition include:
- Acting unusual or out of character
- Speaking quickly about a variety of topics
- Having difficulty sleeping, restlessness
- Experiencing a short temper
- Having difficulty focusing
- Being prone to doing dangerous things
In particular, children and teenagers are likely to also be coping with stomach or head pain, sadness and feelings of guilt, and eating a lot or a little. Some younger people also have a lack of energy and no interest in activities they would normally enjoy. If you are concerned that your high-IQ child may exhibit these symptoms, consider taking him or her to see a doctor.