For those people who are actually living with an anxiety disorder, this must seem like a joke. Anxiety is not fun, and on bad days anxious people definitely feel far from super.
There really is no bright or positive side to living with anxiety, and although each sufferer has a different experience and different levels of struggle, they can probably all agree that it is no walk in the park.
However these claims aren’t suggesting that people who are living with anxiety can start flying or suddenly become as strong as superman but rather those who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders may have some pretty superb qualities about them that could be related to their disorder.
Check out some of the things that may be connected to a person’s mental health and also get to know some of the different types and classifications of anxiety that people deal with. It’s more than just a blanket term!
People who live with anxiety have a heightened sense of worry. Although this is often pegged as a bad thing there are actually some cases where this can come in useful.
There have been a few small studies done that suggest that anxiety may have evolved within people the same way intelligence has.
Studies have also shown that people who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder are often associated with high IQ’s.
Dr. Jeremy Coplan, a study researcher of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, explained that although most people tend to view anxiety as a negative thing, it is actually linked to intelligence.
According to Livescience, Copland explained that although anxiety can at times be disabling and the patient’s worries irrational, there are some situations where there actually is a dangerous situation, and that excessive worry becomes useful and adaptive.
He also said that people who immediately act on those ‘wild-card dangers’ are more likely to survive and preserve the lives of their loved ones.
The study was small, so more research needs to be done in order to confirm these findings. The test involved 26 people who live with anxiety disorders and 18 people who do not. They took an IQ quiz as well as a test to asses their worry.
The study found that those with higher levels of worry during the test had the higher IQ as a result.