Researchers Say People With High Levels of Worry and Anxiety Have Higher IQs

Marco Torres
Prevent Disease

Worry warts may have something to talk about at the water cooler now. To be human is to worry — about finances, your children’s health, work, even whether you remembered to unplug the iron when you go on vacation. According to scientists at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, worrying may have evolved along with intelligence as a beneficial trait according to their research.

But if you find that worry seems to consume your life, that you barely finish ruminating about one thing before something else begins to trouble you, even to the point of feeling physically ill, researchers like to label this very normal and basic part of life as an illness called General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

While it may be true that some people are excessive worriers, it is not by any means a condition that should require medication for the majority of the population. We’re now finding out that worry has its role in the human body and may demonstrate some higher levels of thought processing.

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