Hannah Sharkstone in Lifestyle, College, Part time Dec 27, 2016 · 1 min read · 1.0K

Are intelligent people more likely to suffer from depression?

Intelligent People are More Susceptible to Depression

Are intelligent people more likely to suffer from depression?

For centuries famous artists, writers, and thinkers have been plagued with mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia (Mientka, 2014). Pediaitakis (2014) claimed that a person’s temperament might contribute to how susceptible people are to mental illness. Individuals who have a small variation in their personality (traits) tend to be more flexible and resilient, according to Pediatiakis. On the other hand, persons who have a significant difference in traits are more prone to develop major mental disorders. These people are often considered more self-centered and aloof; they tend to think about the world – not feel it. Pediaitakis asserted that they would be left feeling an inner void. Occasionally, these individuals will experience extreme depression and may resort to suicide or substance abuse. The death of Robin Williams serves as an example.

Webb found that gifted and talented people are more likely to experience what he called existential depression. This type of depression arises when people examine issues of existence such as freedom, isolation, death, and meaninglessness. Webb found that highly intelligent people tend to be idealists. However, they also notice that the world is not as ideal as it could be. The feelings of disappointment and frustration they feel are intense. If they try to share their thoughts, they are often ignored or experience hostility. A sense of isolation sets in, and eventually anger. That anger can spiral into depression.

Whatever the cause, depression is serious. Webb states that helping people realize that they are not alone will help them overcome their depression. Encourage them to have hope. Woody Allen once said, “If you face reality too much, it kills you.”

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Andy Dendy Nov 9, 2019 · #12

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CityVP Manjit Aug 5, 2017 · #11

The Grand Canyon is a depression but what it took to carve out that whole was water. Depression is not a single factor like water. The hole in the psyche that it carves out has so many different facets and features and we can name specific parts to this metaphorical elephant but it is hard to see it as a whole. Thinking is one of those parts, but so is what we eat, the degree of sunlight we are exposed to (because sitting indoors is equal to sitting in a cave), how depression is affected by season a.k.a. does depression mirror the process of hibernation, it can be triggered by isolation and lack of connection, as well as darkening the meaning of life by questioning our own worth, which is a carving knife of thinking at work or it is us adjusting to way of being that is not us, such as a natural introvert creating psychic disturbance trying to live in a world geared by the prejudice for extrovert existence, or how our sexuality expresses itself in a flow of internal chemicals, or have that flow shifted by this conception we feel called love. The list goes on and that is what bedevils how to overcome it.

Hannah Sharkstone Jan 10, 2017 · #8

I appreciate all the comments, thank you. Also, Van Gogh is my favorite artist.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris Dec 29, 2016 · #7

"Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme."
Rush (the progressive rock band)

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Bernard Poulin Dec 29, 2016 · #6

#4 Superb comments. Logic often dominates feelings and kills the humane in us humans. As an obsessive observer, me thinks there is also little actual thinking going on and a lot of wishing thoughts were so. Our contemporary attachment to digital and virtual connections fool us into believing that our "connecting" is tantamount to communicating. There is a lot more blah, blah, blah, y'a knows, whatevers and reallys! then actual conversations going on.

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Harvey Lloyd Dec 29, 2016 · #5

Artists see the world from a very different perspective than most. Does it have cause and effect? No one can fully understand another. We can look through the windows of others and try and understand but in the end we can only report what we see. Artists, the ones who truly express their thoughts through their art form, are not much different than those who post on social media. They look for feedback. This tests if their message was heard and understood. Cyber bulling mere existence describes similar internal processes.

How deeply an artist leans on this feedback loop seems to be at the center of the discussion here. I don't believe that this feedback loop disease is unique to artists though. @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris points in this direction.

I believe the larger debate is have we succumbed to the feedback loop within our diagnosis of the issue? Once diagnosed in this area, treatment usually involves coping skills/understanding that can be a circular pattern of existence. Instead of offering growth skills that move the person away from the perspective over time. This is all predicated on the affected willingness to change.

This is a debate that will rage for a very long time.

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Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris Dec 29, 2016 · #4

I think the crux of the problem is not (high) intelligence but rather the excessive focus of it on intellectual skills and perspectives. Just because it is much easier to think, it doesn't mean that we should focus all our energy in this kind if activity. Perhaps our intellect oriented world has made us conditioned to thought at the expense of feeling. Personally I find that the most successful people are the ones who strike a balance between their thinking and feeling, regardless if their intelligence level, with a focus on doing rather than just thinking or fantasizing about it...

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Kevin Baker Dec 27, 2016 · #3

this is a given