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Unread 10-04-2010, 09:04 AM   #1
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I'm sure this has been discussed in some way or another - but is there some proof that most Bipolar's seem to have an above average IQ?

Or is it just that I have NOT patience and get easily aggitated? At work, people drive me insane with their incompetencies! And even in social environments - it escapes me how people can oversee the most logical ideas/answers....

Arg, it really is not helping the stress levels!
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Unread 10-04-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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I have never even thought of that one. Maybe you should check it out on the internet and see what you can find.
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I don't know if I have an above average IQ. I know I done really well in school - high GPA's. I don't feel that smart any more. I find that I space alot. Which I've also heard if you don't use it, you lose it. Which may be my case. It is definitely an interesting theory though. It would be neat to now if it is true.
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I suspect IQ of bipolars fall on a bell curve just like the general population.
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http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/913464-overview

"Adolescents who had early developmental antecedents were at a higher risk of developing psychotic symptoms. In addition, intelligence quotient (IQ) scores were significantly lower in patients with early-onset bipolar disorder (mean full-scale IQ, 88.8) than in patients with unipolar depression (mean full-scale IQ, 105.8).
Finally, a statistically significant difference in the mean verbal IQ and mean performance IQ was found only in patients with bipolar disorder. The reason for this discrepancy is unclear but should be the subject of further investigation.
Overall, patients with severe bipolar disorder had a mean IQ lower than that of patients with mild-to-moderate forms of the disorder."


Found this on emedicine article. Seems to say the more severe the disorder, the lower the IQ. Doesn't say how much lower though.
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Sorry, got off topic a bit.

I suspect you both have a higher IQ AND get aggravated easily with others who just don't seem to get it. That's a common characteristic of those of us with higher IQ's is that we do have a tendency to be impatient with others. There's a reason that gifted and talented classes are often separate from regular classes. It's not necessarily a bipolar trait.
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i learned that i needed to be more patient with others that don't get things a quickly as i do. it has helped me communicate better and hopefully be kinder too.
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Psychology teaches that our perception of fact is more often wrong than right. Since all of my immediate blood relatives (except my children) have BP and scored extremely high on IQ tests, I always assumed it was the norm. Then again, my non-BP son is well above average intelligence and my daughter is way over the top; she scored higher on all IQ tests than anyone else in my family.

That being said, if you don't use it, it isn't worth much, is it? No one can really pat themselves on the back for a high IQ - it's not something you have to earn with hard work. In that respect, I'd have to say I'm below average in what I've done with it, but I'm getting there.

Oh yeah, and I have little patience for people I consider incompetent or ignorant..which quite often is most people I encounter on a daily basis (except you guys, of course!)...guess that's something I need to work on.
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That being said, if you don't use it, it isn't worth much, is it? No one can really pat themselves on the back for a high IQ - it's not something you have to earn with hard work. In that respect, I'd have to say I'm below average in what I've done with it, but I'm getting there.
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Kay Jamison Redfield, the author of An Unquiet Mind also wrote a book about bipolar and creativity called Touched by Fire. I can't recall whether she addressed IQ but I would say that bipolar is an equal opportunity disorder, hitting across the IQ range. I do think, and this is just my opinion, that people with average to above average IQs are more likely to seek out information and educate themselves about their disorder. So, I think all of you are smart! LOL
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