In the Psi-field (psychology and psychiatry), the term “attention-seeking” has been frequently used in normative viewpoints informed by objectivist and instrumental models of care. Professionals in the health care industry sometimes refer to anxious, demanding, and confrontational patients as “seekers” (a medical term). According to therapeutic practice, “attention-seeking” is a technique to provoke, manipulate, and show hatred towards an authority that must be controlled and discouraged by indifference, which looks to prevail.
Some attitudes that indicate suicidal thought or attempt are interpreted in a detached manner in common sense, with the concept predominating that “who intends to commit suicide does not provide a heads up.”
For health professionals, the disregard for older people’s signs of suffering runs counter to an extended or psychosocial clinic idea that promotes a basic ethical commitment to the one who suffers through a collaborative and all-encompassing approach to treatment.
What does it mean to be “attention-seeking” as you get older? A possible explanation can be found in two areas that focus on the signals that older individuals send with their gestures: (1) complaints about family members; and (2) public statements made in instances where efforts occur in the open and unnoticed. In any scenario, the occurrence has ramifications for the whole family, the neighborhood, and society as a whole.
When an older person feels that their sentiments, presence, or voice are meaningless in their social context, they engage in “attention-seeking.”
Suicidal conduct in older individuals is typically viewed as an “attention-seeking” technique by family members and healthcare professionals. We need to understand if it is attention-seeking or something deeper than this. Because if it is deeper than attention-seeking, then professional support is a must.
Written by: Rafieu Hossain Arnob
Rafieu Hossain Arnob is an enterprising young professional intending to continue his development as a data scientist as well as a volunteer. He thinks, in terms of results and objection, he is enthusiastic and he works with decisiveness and conviction. He has a proactive attitude and finds positive ways to stimulate and engage with people. He also loves to engage himself in voluntary activities. He has attended many programs as a volunteer and is expecting to join more in the future.