Paris Jackson cutter

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.

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Paris Jackson

Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, is doing fine after possibly attempting suicide early this morning. TMZ reports that Paris was taken out of her grandmother, Katherine's Calabasas, CA home on a stretcher around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention," said Katherine Jackson's attorney, Perry Sanders, in a statement to TMZ.

"Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you," said Sanders.

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Cutting is quite common among young adolescents, but the phenomenon is increasing among adults as well.

Cutting is defined as the most common form of self-injury. Cutters injure themselves with sharp or blunt instruments in order to feel physical pain which masks the internal, emotional pain they are feeling inside.

Most cutters are young females and teenage boys who suffer from depression or social anxiety. The cuts are usually superficial, just deep enough to draw blood, on areas such as the face, arms, chest, or abdomen.

Our culture's current obsession with tattoos is also seen as a form of self-injury among the young. An example of a troubled celebrity who practices self-injury -- disguised as self-expression -- is singer Rihanna, who recently carved a crude cross into her neck (see photo above).

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