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Depression: The Intelligent Man's Disease?

by Aaron Dillon


 

Usually, the most intelligent are the most depressed.

More than 30 studies have linked higher intelligence to mental health disorders including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others.

There is a reason for this. The most intelligent people think of so many things at once.


One thought can branch off into millions, and out of nowhere, they're thinking of the meaning of life, and why they're on the planet.

Some many think, "The meaning of life is meaningless, thus giving me the impression that I, as others, have no absolute reason to live."

And others may think that they're inadequate to other intelligent people.

Both structures are equally depressing.

Intelligent people have high expectations of themselves and others.

Others also have high expectations of them. If an intelligent person were to make a B instead of an A on an exam, they would be very displeased with their performance.

The unnecessary pressure on them to perform on an absurd level of perfection damages an intelligent human being to the point of no return.


They cannot relax, or make a joke without being seen as stupid or immature. That alone could make even one of average intelligence depressed.

Also, it all boils down to having too much.

And as we all know, too much of a good thing is awful in the end. The most intelligent have too much knowledge, and with that knowledge comes a cost. 


Being aware of disaster is useful, but knowing that the world is wicked is a terrible thing to know.

You become paranoid and anxious when you know too much...

1 comment:

  1. Mental illness is a cruel thing, no matter how one looks at it. It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor or intelligent or not. It is still painful and terrible. And remember, there isn’t just one kind of intelligence as previously thought.

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