Journal article

Schizophrenia patients with high intelligence: A clinically distinct sub-type of schizophrenia?

E Černis, E Vassos, G Brébion, PJ McKenna, RM Murray, AS David, JH MacCabe

European Psychiatry | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia patients are typically found to have low IQ both pre- and post-onset, in comparison to the general population. However, a subgroup of patients displays above average IQ pre-onset. The nature of these patients' illness and its relationship to typical schizophrenia is not well understood. The current study sought to investigate the symptom profile of high-IQ schizophrenia patients. METHODS: We identified 29 schizophrenia patients of exceptionally high pre-morbid intelligence (mean estimated pre-morbid intelligence quotient (IQ) of 120), of whom around half also showed minimal decline (less than 10 IQ points) from their estimated pre-morbid IQ. We compared their sympto..

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