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  1. There are a lot of controversial articles on this topic, in some studies, for example, it was proved that genius and a brilliant mind often go side-by-side with mental disorders, mostly with depression and manic-depressive psychosis. Then these results try to explain and describe the reasons for this correlation: smart people think too much and analyze their life, the life of society, think about some specific situations, politics, gaps in science, eventually coming to the conclusion that reality/their own personality/science/political system/society is not perfect, which can provoke further reflection in this vein, and eventually this will lead to excessive anxiety, congestion, and then what we call depression. Plus, people of high intelligence, as a rule, try to adhere to high standards and are prone to excessive self-criticism, therefore it is much more difficult for them to “find joy in small things” and the like. In addition, thinking about the eternal, about a better world, about the failure of modernity and contemporaries is not very warmly received in society, so such people are forced to wear the stigma of” white crow ” until they start communicating and working in a circle of like-minded people, which, by the way, does not happen so often, and those who are unlucky are doomed to eternal attempts to think alone.�
    Based on the above, it is not difficult to draw a conclusion about why people burdened with intelligence may suffer more often from depression, existential suffering, etc.
    But there is a downside, and there have also been many studies on the correlation between low IQ and depression.
    Imagine an ordinary person, he is well socialized, not very burdened with intelligence,does not feel much desire to work and improve, but he has a family/children, responsibilities and a couple of loans in addition, a classic “white collar”. Do you really think that he has fewer reasons for depression and suicidal thoughts?�
    People with low IQ, in theory, have much less chances and opportunities to achieve any significant social success, build a brilliant career, become a pioneer or an object of universal adoration(although I'm not sure about the latter, in our time, you generally saw who is in the top of YouTube/vk, you sometimes don't think about like “oh god why”?), but in contrast, these people have all chances to become unsatisfied with their social status/work/family relationships(especially held foolishly, in my youth, “shotgun” and the like, were not looking for research on this topic, but I am sure that this occurs mostly among less intelligent individuals). Also, an intelligent person with a broad outlook and level of education will be able to find a way out of those situations that may seem truly hopeless to a fool, which will drive him into anxious moods, and then into depression.
    I also forgot to mention alcohol as one of the risk factors for developing subsequent depression, suicidal tendencies, and other problems. But here it is difficult to say who is more susceptible to alcoholism, stupid people who are looking for an outlet from their sad social life/wife/children sitting in the liver, or smart people who are looking for the same thing, only for slightly different reasons, but also for the same reason, because the approval of society is important for smart people, you can not always just “be above it” and so on, a person, after all, is a social being.�
    In my opinion, there is no unambiguous correlation here, because depression occurs in both of them, and scientific studies confirm this. After all, such a disease as depression is primarily a consequence of specific factors and causes that are individual for each person. Therefore, I think that in this context it is appropriate to discuss only the nature of depression and its differences in different social groups. If, for example, you raise the question that depression due to an existential crisis, thinking about the meaning of life is more common in people with high IQ, then here you can find what you are looking for, because, as I wrote above, people who are burdened with everyday life, routine and everyday life often do not think much about high, but they have their own reasons for depression and other disorders.

  2. Zoshchenko wrote about this in “Before Sunrise”. He suffered from depression and found it sublime. In some sanatorium for nervous patients, he was introduced to a man who suffered from even more severe depression-several times a year he tried to commit suicide. Zoshchenko anticipated that this man would be subtle and think that he would help open up some new worlds. But alas, the depressed character turned out to be absolutely stupid, during the enlightenment he was not interested in anything but women and booze.

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