Does Depression Make You Slower?

Is depression a sign of genius?

In a study on children with IQ levels above 130—regarded as superior to very superior intelligence—researchers found that 65 percent of the subjects had major depressive disorder..

Does depression make you lose Braincells?

There’s growing evidence that several parts of the brain shrink in people with depression. Specifically, these areas lose gray matter volume (GMV). That’s tissue with a lot of brain cells. GMV loss seems to be higher in people who have regular or ongoing depression with serious symptoms.

How does depression affect intelligence?

Depression doesn’t just get in the way of being happy. It can also interrupt your ability to think. It hampers your attention, memory and decision-making abilities. You may find that your executive functions are limited, so you begin having trouble seeing your way through issues.

Is depression associated with intelligence?

For example, studies have found that higher IQ is associated with more drug use and earlier drug use. Studies have also found that higher IQ is associated with more mental illness, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.