It’s Been Proven… Between Anxiety And Intelligence Is A Very Thin Line


Not a lot of people are aware that they have symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD).

This is the health condition that makes you invest in nonexistent worries. However, Science has proven that the disorder is linked to intelligence.

“Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry.”Web MD

Symptoms of GAD include: Muscle Tension; Mental Distractions; Constant panicking; Digestive Disorders, Headaches, Restlessness, Fatigue and Fear.

Researching into GAD, scientists noticed a common factor with patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. They have proven that there is a correlation between anxiety and a high IQ.

“We have demonstrated in a previous study that a high degree of worry in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) correlates positively with intelligence and that a low degree of worry in healthy subjects correlates positively with intelligence.”

“Both worry and intelligence are characterized by depletion of metabolic substrate in the subcortical white matter and that intelligence may have co-evolved with worry in humans.”– Scientists

From their findings, there is a part of worrying that makes the brain more active with imaginations. They went on to say that an anxious mind is a focused mind. While it may be uncomfortable to be anxious, it sure does have its own perks.

When anxiety sets in with patients of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, the mind detects threat and works towards finding a solution.

“In 2012, Israeli psychologists ran a test on 80 students at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. The students were under the impression that they were there to assess artwork on a piece of software.

Instead, the researchers rigged the program. Instead of viewing art, the students triggered a computer virus. They were then encouraged to contact IT.

Finding IT presented new challenges. As the students left the room, they were accosted by various obstacles. Some students dropped papers as they walked by. Someone also stopped them to ask the participant to complete a survey.

The test found that the participants who really wanted to reach IT to fix the virus had the highest amount of anxiety.The students who had less anxiety got distracted.”– Micheal Prywes

The above experiment is one of the scientific proofs that GAD is linked to a high IQ. This implies that when some people get anxious over a job to do, it is usually because they want to do it perfectly well.