Hyper Brain, Hyper Body: The Trouble With High IQ

Highly intelligent people are more sensitive to their environment than the rest of the population. Their elevated brain and body sensitivity allows them to perceive, process, evaluate and respond quicker and in a more efficient manner to the environment. This hypersensitivity, however, comes at a cost; people with high IQ possess a general over-excitability in multiple domains that may put them at risk to developing psychological and physiological conditions involving elevated sensory, and altered immune and inflammatory responses.

The link below is to an open access study that investigates the link between high IQ and the presence of self-reported and diagnosed emotion regulation disorders and immune system related dysfunctions, such as asthma,allergies and diabetes.