It isn’t easy being a 15-year-old teenager growing up in the public eye. Being the daughter of the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen only compounds the problem. But police say Paris Jackson’s “suicide” attempt on Tuesday was simply a cry for attention.
“She wanted attention,” law enforcement sources told TMZ. The superficial scrapes seen on Paris’s arms in paparazzi photos are consistent with cutting behavior exhibited by troubled teens who are depressed and lack coping skills.
But not all cutters seek attention explains Psychiatrist Leonard Sax in a Psychology Today article.
“Most of these girls and young women are not suicidal, and they don’t want anybody to find out. They don’t want to be discovered,” writes Dr. Sax.
“Cutting themselves.. becomes compulsive, almost addictive for some of these girls. Cutting delivers a weird kind of disembodied rush,” he writes.
Paris is currently being treated in a psychiatric unit on a court ordered 5150 hold.
“Suicide awareness day today.. hope you guys wore yellow,” Paris wrote in a tweet dated last Sept. 10.
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