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My mother said the same thing to me that she thought it odd my brother had all these problems and " even had higher IQ" than me and yet I was successful and he was not. At first, I took this as an insult which was not that uncommon. However, now I think it was more complicated than that one sentence might convey: mother trying to make sense of the, as yet, unexplainable disease; to make sense of why; And her surprise that a brain with "higher intelligence" or potential capability academically wasn't somehow inherently stronger or protected from such a mental/brain based disorder; not to mention grieving the person that could have been if not for the disease.


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