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I am not a stupid person, in fact I consider myself a smart girl that sometimes or usually does stupid stuff (depending on circumstance). My history of academic performance varies from high average to low, although I always score high on intelligence test or aptitude tests. Recently I just passed my first Licensure Exam, the one for Registered Psychometricians and I am very happy about it.

So I am going into the heart of my problem before this would sound like a shameless self-aggrandizing entry.

Ever since I have been experiencing panic anxiety, I have  been in a state of constant worry, primarily for my sanity. I have heard of those stories from my family and friends

about this person they knew or that one family member, that went a little astray with their mental health. Usually, I would hear, what a shame, she was smart that one, maybe became too smart.

And that always puts a chill in my heart, especially now that I am diagnosed with an actual mental disorder. 

Am I going to be one of those people? That went crazy because of being too smart? Should I stop reading, and stifle my curiosity about random things?

These thoughts make me depressed, and worried.

So I am just gonna break down here the reasons why I should not be worried, this serves to soothe me and anyone else who may be thinking the same thing.

1. I am not that smart, sure I have a nice fat vocabulary in Engilsh even though it is my second language, and know some stuff, but I am especially terrible at math.

2. Intelligence itself is not the cause of mental disorders, they are just correlated (and I am guessing here) because intelligent people think and people with mental disorders think way too much.

3. There are geniuses who have IQs that are out of this world, and they are fine, perhaps some quirks here or there but otherwise fine.

4. There are a lot of stupid people that do stupid stuff and you just KNOW they have a mental disorder.

5. I am not that smart.

 

 

 

 

5 comments

  • Comment Link Janna Rae Friday, 14 November 2014 13:02 posted by Janna Rae

    Thanks Martin, most of what you said is true I think.

  • Comment Link Martin Manzanares Friday, 14 November 2014 08:06 posted by Martin Manzanares

    I've felt this way before. I've always excelled in school, and my family has regarded me as being "smart." But i would question it as well. Why would a smart person have a mental disorder? Or recently; why would a person with significant intelligence, and who understands how these disorders work, suffer from them? I have found that a lot of intellectuals and geniuses were quirky and/or suffered from mental illness. Maybe it's because we're more aware and think beyond the normal scope. Most of the time i get lost in my thoughts, thinking about everything and anything.

  • Comment Link Martin Manzanares Friday, 14 November 2014 08:04 posted by Martin Manzanares

    I've felt this way before. I've always excelled in school, and my family has regarded me as being "smart." But i would question it as well. Why would a smart person have a mental disorder? Or recently; why would a person with significant intelligence, and who understands how these disorders work, suffer from them? I have found that a lot of intellectuals and geniuses were quirky and/or suffered from mental illness. Maybe it's because we're more aware and think beyond the normal scope. Most of the time i get lost in my thoughts, thinking about everything and anything.

  • Comment Link Janna Rae Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:54 posted by Janna Rae

    Helps a lot actually. Yes, ''weird'' was often a word
    used to describe me in high school. Also, 4.0 GPA, nice job. Thanks Anakin, helps a lot. And may the force be with you. :)

  • Comment Link anakin Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:36 posted by anakin

    You know, it took me a long time to accept that I was smart, though I didn't want to be for the very reason that I was already the weird kid and growing up the smart kids got picked on too.

    Generally speaking, for whatever reason, the smarter you are the more you're likely to suffer from some mental issues, but that's not a death sentence. You are intelligent, that's a gift. The mental stuff is not a curse, it's just part of life. No one out there has a 'normal' brain. Everyone has something, just some of us aren't equipped to handle the situations the way they can.

    Intelligence doesn't always correlate to how well you do in school. School doesn't actually really mean anything. If it did, by all accounts I should be rich, because I had a 4.0 GPA in highschool and a 3.9 GPA in college before I dropped out and I never studied a day in my life. I like to learn, and I'm an intelligent person, and I am otherwise fine. I have some issues, sure, but just accept who you are. A lot of anxiety subconsciously comes from the fact that we're not satisfied with who we are. It's okay, it's a part of life. But once you start accepting who you are, things in life just seem to go so much smoother.

    After I finally accepted that I am as smart as I am, my life got a little easier. I had other issues beside that, but my anxiety around that completely went away. So, I don't know, just some thoughts. If it helps great, if it doesn't I apologize.

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