It’s true. As many people often say to those speaking up about their struggles with mental health; I am an attention seeker.
I’m seeking someone to pay attention to my mental health and perhaps prescribe me medicine to make it better. (Like a doctor.)
I am seeking someone to pay attention to me speaking and ask me questions about my mental health; perhaps get me to open up and be honest about my symptoms. (Like a therapist.)
I am seeking attention to my feelings and someone to react appropriately; with love and compassion, maybe a hug. (Like family members.)
I am seeking attention to my social life. Someone to be there when I’m lonely and maybe see a movie with me. (Like a friend.)
I’m seeking attention to my truth, acceptance and understanding for a condition I didn’t ask for and makes parts of my life unbearable. (Like the general population.)
I am seeking attention and there’s NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
A horrifying number of people are dying by suicide every day because they don’t want to be “attention seekers.” Please stop acting like wanting and needing attention is a negative thing. It’s actually just human nature.
Thank you. DQ