It has been my observation working with people who are very anxious that they are quite intelligent. After all, the thinking associated with becoming anxious requires a vivid, detailed and complex imagination. Often kids and adults with anxiety have a very negative view of themselves and feel that somehow they are defective or weak. On the contrary, the tenacity to bear the weight of this disorder requires a great deal of strength. Rather than being mentally “broken” they are instead quite bright.
At different times I have seen research that supports the connection between intelligence and anxiety. Here is recent research posted by the British Psychological Association supporting this. Click on the image to be redirected to the complete article: