I finally finished writing this, my fifth Topic post! I kept it short.
To me, this can be the single most hurtful thing you can say to a person with mental illness.
“You’re Just Doing This For Attention!” Someone claims this about you. They mean it in a negative way. They mean it to invalidate whatever you have just done or said. They mean it to dismiss you.
You can find other blogs and articles that do a good job of explaining why this phrase itself is so invalidating. You can find other blogs and articles that do a good job explaining why it isn’t the case that someone is doing this “just for attention”. But what I want to explore is, why is this necessarily a negative to begin with?
What if someone DID, actually, need a little attention? What if they needed a lot of attention? What if that’s part of what brought them this far down into depression in the…
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