You ever stop and think maybe they're attention whoring because a need for attention and love is part of the reason they feel depressed in the first place? I'd say it's pretty natural, even expected, for a scared, hormonal and possibly mentally ill teenager to seek out being coddled by others. They still remember what it's like to be children and have mommy kiss their boo-boos better but now they have to grow up and suddenly being sad makes people angry at you for not toughening up instead of being sympathetic like they used to be, so they seek positive social reinforcement from internet circle-jerks.
I don't see how attention whoring is necessarily a bad thing as long as they keep it on their own page and don't like, actively advertise or hunt others down demanding to be loved or something.
Well that may happen occasionally, but isn't the majority of cases. And if the person is testing to see if someone cares then it's not serious, it's a cry for attention and help. Them trying to see if someone gives a damn means that what they really want is someone to care, so they'll hold out looking for someone anyone to pay attention even if it's negative, and once they realize they can get it by crying wolf they'll keep doing that.
While it is true that people need attention, this is a very selfish thing to do to another human being, regardless of how alone you may feel. I used to do this a lot to people until someone actually made me see how selfish it is to try to get attention from others in this way. So just because people need attention doesn't make seeking it in this way right, it's a horrible thing to do to another person.
Also, for the most part, people who are truly serious about their own self demise will not go on to others about it before the act. They may leave something that is meant to be found after, but they aren't going to risk compromising their plan. When you actually are serious, the plan is for no one to know, or at least no one to know until after it's done.
I'm simply protesting the entirely idiotic statement ~Atlantech made. She also just informed me that these suicide-claiming people should "just socialize normally", like they knew/had opportunity to/could figure out.
I mean, people usually act like this because they have real problems (I'm ignoring the obvious lulz-trolls), and can't really "just start" acting normally.
I completely agree with you. And while there are the odd cases of the opposite, that is far from the majority, a very small percentage that do-gooders hold high as a counter argument because it's easy for them to blow thing like that out of proportion.
Having been there and done that, I know that when I(or others I knew) actually told someone, it wasn't because I was serious, rather simply seeking some kind of response. The times I actually did try with the intent to die, I never told anyone, I didn't want them fucking it up for me. Most cases, those times, they never knew, or I ended up having to explain later.