UK: Mental illness risk four times higher if you're bright
THE cleverest children in school are also those most likely to suffer a serious mental illness as adults, research reveals.
Scientists found that straight-A students were four times more likely to develop bipolar disorder than children with average grades.
Previous research and anecdotal evidence from famous and creative individuals have suggested a link between high IQ and bipolar disorder.
Famous sufferers from history are thought to include the artist Van Gogh, the composer Beethoven, the scientist Albert Einstein and the author Virginia Woolf. Until now, the scientific evidence for such an association has been weak.