Should DU Have A Category for depression?

45.00% • 9 votes • No
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20.00% • 4 votes • maybe
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Should DU Have A Category for depression?

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Stephanie Simpson
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I think there should be a mental health category. Not "depression" but a general category for the  exploration of mental health. Not everyone with mental health or who writes about it is bragging or wants to one - up others. X

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Viddax
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Maybe not mental health (health relies on norms and such that lose meaning in the face on an anomaly), but something along the lines of a mentality/mental category. Obviously the category title would have to be better than that.
A category which panders to the need of depression, but also includes the moments of instability and bliss and confusion which are universal; not merely confined to a category for the pessimists and all their woes, or a category that be derogatory.

While there is indeed a desire and want of a depression category, it has the potential to be an extremely dark and dangerous road. Problems of narcissism and anti-criticism, of trolling and attacking the vulnerable, poems ignored for being part of a group that people find boring and therefore ignoring hidden gems, of criticism turning into psychology focussed on author not subject, and the problem that in my view depression is more personal than other things.

Though of course such problems may not ever occur, and you could well argue for more problems of categories we already have, like Upbeat having to be upbeat, erotic bordering on smut in some cases, and Miscellaneous being rather vague at the best of times. Yet the point is that with a depression category it is more likely that problems will have deeper impacts and repercussions than other categories. Disagree with an Anger or Erotic poem and criticise it too much and the author may well make other, whereas with a depression category the author may well become an ex-author.

Or maybe I just do not want to have to go back over a lot of my poems and change them to their true 'Depression' category. I share my sorrow with the idea that no one feeds it but at least it is there. Yet in the face of Despair in an overt and social setting I am driven to fight against it because it is a scourge that must be destroyed to preserve the species.

Plus next there may well be demands for forum posts being categorised, such as Long or Rambling....

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Stephanie Simpson
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I read through that a couple of times and I do think you're right for a few reasons. Perhaps having a category that caters for mental health (etc) but isn't confined to it, would be a good solution. I wouldn't want my writing being overlooked in the way you pointed out because one reason I write about mental health is to articulate it for those who don't relate (such as my partner). From what I've seen, a lot of people do write very intensely emotional things and I see that a specific category could lead to some unkindness. Perhaps then,  a category for "Mind"? Xx

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Having it named/termed 'Mind' seems a better bet. Though part of me is making a wordplay/pun based along the lines of 'would you mind reading some poetry....'. However in all seriousness, such things cannot be promised and may well need some spare time by the Wedmistress, hallowed be her name, before being introduced. Counter to that, with enough good will and good sense a good idea is more than likely to be added to included.

For all the stigma that a mental category has, being able to safely cater for that section would be a great boon to DU and its' members, writing for catharsis and all that.

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Well, hopefully it'll be considered 😀 X

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