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New Poll - Mental Health
This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. This is more to bring awareness to the issue and see some solidarity with the manga-reading community. Do not feel like you need to post a comment about your own situation if you aren't comfortable discussing it. Your choice in the poll cannot be tied back to you.

Edit: Added "Other" and "Multiple" as choices

You can submit poll ideas here

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you wear glasses?
No, but I had laser eye surgery - votes: 156 (2.3%)
No, I've never needed them - votes: 1448 (21.6%)
No, but I wear contacts - votes: 261 (3.9%)
No, but I probably should - votes: 580 (8.6%)
Yes, but only for specific things (driving, reading, etc.) - votes: 1113 (16.6%)
Yes, all the time - votes: 3161 (47%)
There were 6719 total votes.
The poll ended: August 25th 2018

I'm surprised that so few people wear contacts. And I'm also surprised how many people have bad vision...
Posted by lambchopsil on August 25th 8:07am Comments ( 21 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» VawX on August 25th, 2018, 1:37am

Oh wow, quite a lot of people has depression, always try to seek help guys if you think it's already too much, don't just read manga mmm...


» blackkittycat15 on August 26th, 2018, 10:09am

I have social anxiety instead of depression, but it's stuff like that which makes me feel bad. Why should I stop doing something I enjoy and makes me happy?


» RayeSesshyFan on August 26th, 2018, 9:24pm

Getting help isn't always a solution for some sadly ?


» DQueen91 on August 25th, 2018, 1:44am

In the current poll there should be an option "More than one of the above". It's common to have more than one disorder and it's not easy to choose which to list.


» lambchopsil on August 25th, 2018, 10:02am

Quote from DQueen91
In the current poll there should be an option "More than one of the above". It's common to have more than one disorder and it's not easy to choose which to list.



» Elyah on August 25th, 2018, 3:03am

I need multiple choice for this. ?


» lambchopsil on August 25th, 2018, 10:02am

Quote from Elyah
I need multiple choice for this. ?

Unfortunately, the poll system we have doesn't allow choosing multiple. Yes, it sucks...


» residentgrigo on August 25th, 2018, 5:43am

None i guess, as dyslexia isn´t on the list. Who knows if i have it for sure but the symptoms are somewhat there. I´ll survive.


» gwkimmy on August 25th, 2018, 7:37am

dyslexia is more of a learning disability rather than a mental health condition. I don't know what the protocols are in your country but in the U.S you can definitely get diagnosed as an adult if you still need to do "school-ish" things (take exams, read things for work, etc.)


» Sugarshark on August 25th, 2018, 8:14am

I could put down 'general neurosis'
where occasionally you get stuck on the endless possibilities of a situation and take forever making an eventual decision


» MinatoAce on August 25th, 2018, 10:00am

None. At least none to my knowledge.
Though maybe mild anxiety, mildest that can be considered, the kind one can overcome momentarily and very easily. So, not even sure if it counts at all.

And this ⬇ definitely sometimes.

Quote from Sugarshark
I could put down 'general neurosis'
where occasionally you get stuck on the endless possibilities of a situation and take forever making an eventual decision

But, it's not a ' mental health condition '.


» docdesanta on August 25th, 2018, 1:05pm

BPD 2. I remember staying at the ward, we weren't supposedly allowed gadgets there but I did manage to sneak a phone into my locker. Read Boku dake ga inai machi to kill some time.


» zarlan on August 25th, 2018, 2:21pm

I agree that this poll suffers from the inability of choosing multiple options. I wonder how many will do as I have, and chose "multiple":
* Some form of depression (or possibly something very similar).
* Irregular sleep–wake rhythm (a very seriously disabling disability)
* Low energy, for some reason(s). (it periodically fluctuates. Sometimes I'm fine, sometimes I don't have enough energy to even watch TV [you'd think that doesn't even require energy, but...]. most of the time, I'm a bit low on energy)

Maybe a few others, but nothing that is too noticeable. At least not when the above three, overshadows all other problems.

BTW... autism is a mental condition, yes, but shouldn't necessarily be grouped in, among disabilities/disorders. If you include conditions that aren't really disabilities/disorders, but simply neuroatypical in some fashion, then I have one or two of those. Dunno which, exactly.


» cajbazhaw on August 26th, 2018, 1:17am

Is apathy a mental condition?


» zarlan on August 26th, 2018, 1:42pm

Quote from cajbazhaw
Is apathy a mental condition?

No, but it can be part of several mental conditions.

Edit: If one has sufficiently strong and persistent apathy (and it's not merely a part of mourning, or some other normal, temporary, condition), then that would be some form of mental condition ...but it wouldn't be called mere "apathy".

Edit2: To all:
Never feel ashamed of having a mental condition (we generally don't feel ashamed of physical conditions, so why should we be ashamed of mental ones?), or stay away from psychologists/psychiatrists, because of shame. If you have any kind of condition like these, get professional help. (this can be good, even for those conditions that aren't disorders diseases, but merely different, so as to be better equipped to adapt to society, as well as managing your life [the normal tips and advice doesn't necessarily apply, after all])


» ForeignerChan on August 29th, 2018, 5:21am

get professional help [...] so as to be better equipped to adapt to society

Am I the only one who thinks that having to "adapt to society" is a proof that our system is wrong?


» Suxinn on August 29th, 2018, 6:38pm

I'm actually hoping to get an official diagnosis sometime soon, so I'll come back to this poll when I do (if it hasn't closed yet).

Quote from ForeignerChan
Am I the only one who thinks that having to "adapt to society" is a proof that our system is wrong?

I do agree that the system is, on some level, wrong, and that society needs to be more welcoming/available for those with mental health issues (and, by extension, those with disabilities, physical or mental). On another level, seeking professional help is a good and important thing. Rather than framing it as "adapting to society", though, I would frame it as "something to do to help yourself".

Of course, I understand that sometimes professional help isn't exactly feasible for most folks, for whatever reason... But there are resources available (hotlines, for instance, are open 24/7 and always free) depending on where you live. (Google if your friend here!) If you're currently in school, and feel safe doing so, talk to a counselor or go to your college's health resource center. They're often a lot more helpful than you might think.


» Transdude1996 on August 30th, 2018, 5:11pm

Quote from ForeignerChan
Am I the only one who thinks that having to "adapt to society" is a proof that our system is wrong?

This is part of such a much larger topic that I don't even know where to start. To begin with, no, you are not alone. However, your view on society is very limited.

EVERYONE has mental health issues. Everyone. We're all retarded, we're all autistic, we all have OCD, depression, addiction, whatever, however, this is all to varying degrees. When it comes to the medical fields, they handle the more extreme cases. Now, here comes the question into play, why do they have to handle these cases in the first place? Well, it's the same reason why being a male homosexual was once considered a mental health issue decades ago before being removed due to political reason. It's to ensure humanities survival. 1 male and 1 female produce a kid, there has yet to be any evidence found in nature that says otherwise. So, for 1 male to get together with another male runs counter to nature because "It doesn't work like that" to paraphrase.

Now, that's a crash course on the natural side of things, what about the societal? Now, just like animals, humans have adapted to live in the environments they've chosen to reside in. Africans are black, Europeans are white, American-Indians are red, Asians are bug-eyed, etc. And, with those differences, societies have formed differently as well to best accommodate the resources of their land and features (Kingdoms in Europe, Nomads in Africa, Empires in South America, Dynasties in Asia, Tribes in North America). Now...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
This next part is going to offend some people, so be warned.

...the way the world has developed in the past 500 years has largely been due to Europeans pursuing capitalist and religious ventures. The result in this was the exploration of the North American continent, the creation of a society of people that broke ties with all those "Old World" powers and not willing to accept anyone else in with that "Old World" mindset, coming to then be a world leader that threatens all those "Old World" powers, and being seen in such a might that you see countries in Africa and Asia sprouting up and attempting to do their best to mimic or follow that society so that they can progress too.

Now, how does this relate all back to the issue of mental health? Simply put, all that wouldn't be able to happen if people weren't at the top of their game. And, to do that since everyone suffers a mental health issue to some degree, they had to move beyond or learn to live with those barriers plaguing their life. They didn't have time to be depressed because they were too busy pursuing their dreams. They didn't let their PTSD limit them on the tasks they could accomplish, so they learned to get over them. None of them learned what an consumption disorder even was because all they had to survive on for an entire month was a loaf of bread because they spent the rest of their money on a more important project that would allow them to get to the point where they could have a loaf a bread each day.

In some ways, people could say that the entire issue of "mental health" is nothing more than a scam brought on because society has reached the point that we can be so privileged that we don't have push those barriers as aggressively as people used. And, a privilege it is when you have people who should be sent to a psych ward prancing about on the streets, unironically believing that they're a purple unicorn, have an axe wound in they're groin they refuse to let heal, haven't even bathed for months, living in an apartment that's a fire hazard waiting to happen after they've had their electricity and their gas and their water shut off, and want to talk about how society is suppose to reach some grand utopia of understanding while hating everyone that doesn't indulge in every bit their delirious life. And, the most ironic part is that even the more primitive parts of the world attack or even kill people who indulge in this mindlessness because it runs counter to EVERYTHING that is required of humans for our most basic survival. As far as I know, the only first-world countries that don't suffer this issue is Japan.

Now, with all that said, there are some mental health issues that do need to be treated because they are a biological problem rather than a mental one. However, the only one that I know of is schizophrenia. Everything else about the mental health field boils down to two categories. The first is the darker side of things where it's all about politics and money, and part of the reason people hate the medical field to begin with. The second category, however, is that your shrink or doctor basically acts as your coach, and they are there to help you. And, it is advised to see them for the more extreme problems due to the experience they have or their study of it. However, you're not going to progress unless you want to. They can show you the door, but you have to walk through it.

That's an extreme summary of why society forces people to adapt, because it's required for our most basic survival and progression.
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Like I said, this is a MUCH larger topic, and I think I may have bastardized the explanation of some things.


» Sugarshark on August 29th, 2018, 4:21pm

adaptation can be done right or wrong, it can be easy or very difficult.
it is recommended that you adapt so you feel less stress, and the frequency where a given situation triggers you is reduced.
adaptation to the point where you feel you're expending more energy to be different from your current state can be a disincentive to maintaining those changes because it's supposed to make life easier; though this transition phase could be temporary and the amount of effort expended could be reduced with practice.


» podlizurko on August 30th, 2018, 5:08am

Obvious one left out is IAD - internert addiction disorder


» alidan on August 30th, 2018, 2:47pm

ocd and autism most likely.
ocd not in the way where you compulsively need to wash hands because they aren't clean, but more in the way of checking something several times because you can't remember if you did something.

autism just based on how long I have spent in rpgs doing monotonous quests, there has to be a little bit there.


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