A clinical study by the Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health eJournal suggests people with an IQ above 130> are much more likely to see results from talk-based therapies than those patients with IQ’s lower than <130. But why is this? For this article, we take a look at these results and find out what is really happening…
The good news is this study starts off with some promising news about those wanting to recover from their BPD. This was not a small study by any means, in fact, it was done so from a pool of 500 outpatients all of whom had been officially diagnosed with BPD prior to the study taking place. While there are many factors that alter the effectiveness of talk-based therapies IQ was shown to be one of the leading factors.
Without getting too wordy and in-depth about this study it suggests you need to have a higher IQ to be able to fully understand talk-based therapies like CBT and DBT, but it also suggests going to therapy and learning these skills can also increase your IQ! It wasn’t so much that people with BPD have naturally higher IQ’s, more that you need to increase your IQ or have a higher IQ in order to see better results from recovery. As a side note here only a handful of the patients in this study felt totally cured of their BPD. The rest still showed signs of it, but were better able to deal with the symptoms like emotional mood swings and explosive anger.
So at least you don’t have to have a high IQ to see results from therapy, but it seems like it does help. We would love to know what you think about these findings in the comments below as I am sure they will easily spark debate.