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Am I doing this for attention?

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Last Updated: 02/22/2018 at 3:01am
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bittersweetsunflowerr
January 29th, 2018 5:43am
Probably not, its not easy to fake the mindset and symptoms of a mental illness or disorder. If you think you might be doing it for attention, its likely you are not. Most people who do things for attention don't have the shame of thinking that they are doing for attention. Makes sense?
Anonymous
February 22nd, 2018 3:01am
Some people do self harm for attention BUT please know that there is 100% nothing wrong with needing attention.
HelpfulNick95
January 13th, 2015 2:45pm
It really depends what you feel you are doing something for. If you feel you are asking for help or telling people your problems, then that's exactly what you're doing. If you are doing it on purpose just to get attention, then yes. But I guarantee you 95% of the people who tell someone else something that personal, that sensitive, it is NOT for attention. It's a cry for help that needs to be treated with respect and seriousness.
herbology
July 17th, 2017 6:52pm
Maybe it's a cry for help, yeah. But maybe you do it for yourself to cope with other things. I'm not sure what this is about exactly, but I will try to help you as good as I can. Sometimes we engage in behavior to let other people know we need support, and are having a hard time. Take, for example, if I didn't receive an invitation to my best friend's wedding, I will give her hints and talk to her about it without directly mentioning it. This is simply a small cry for help, or cry for an invitation in this case. Same goes with things like self harm or posting at social media. But more complicated. Some people self harm because it's their coping mechanism, or various other reasons. And others do it in the hopes of someone noticing, and helping them. That is in the literal sense for attention, but I think that has a really bad name. It's more a "I tried everything, I really want help, but I can't to reach out". To non-self harmers it seems a little... Excessive to turn to harming yourself, but sometimes it's the only option someone sees. Whether you are engaging in behavior for attention or simply to cope, is up to you. No one can answer that for you. But doing something for 'attention' is not always as pathetic as it sounds.
1997Turtle
May 14th, 2015 11:58pm
No most likely not, unless you are parading around showing every person you see, itll be a no.
Anonymous
January 18th, 2016 6:42am
No, it's only for you to pay attention to yourself! :)
BeAVisionary10
April 8th, 2015 3:54pm
No you are not doing this for attention, you just need support and hopefully I can help with that. You are trying to reach out thats all.
Anonymous
December 7th, 2015 9:39pm
What is it that you're doing, exactly? Self harm or anything like that is never, never, never for attention. It's a mental illness and those things are not something to seek attention with.
Anonymous
October 23rd, 2015 8:37pm
Only you can honestly answer that question but in my experience it is a common misconception. Coping mechanisms albeit unhealthy ones such as self harm are just ways of coping and survivng and not elaborate ploys for attention
Anonymous
October 27th, 2015 11:55pm
A lot of people do things for attention unintentionally. They just want to be noticed. Others are very serious when they say they have an issue
4thepeople20
February 8th, 2016 6:34pm
A very vague question, friend. First ask yourself what are you doing exactly. Then ask yourself "is it necessary?" You will soon arrive at your answer.
creativeDay52
February 16th, 2016 6:22pm
It's hard to answer that question, It depends on whether or not you feel ignored by others and it could also just be a part of your personality to want to do things to get attention. But wanting attention stems from a feeling of being ignored