You know the sci-fi channel movie of Alice in Wonderland? Where they're taking human emotions and distilling them into 'teas'?
It's like that.
Only my bottles would look something a great deal more like, "Stress", "Heartache" and "Depression".
I grew up in a culture that believed in sweeping problems under a rug and not talking about them. There are matters to this day that my family--my extended family--will not talk about or pretend doesn't exist.
Of course back then I was young enough to go along with it without knowing what exactly was happening. And despite some truly horrible things/experiences--I was an exceptionally happy child. I was perhaps a bit lonely at times--but I had my family and my imagination and while neither were perfect, I was relatively content with both.
And then puberty hit.
Both of my siblings suffered from bi-polar, manic depression which struck, as it tends to, around high school.
So when I also rolled around to that age, all eyes were on me. Waiting. And then proceeded a 4-year long lesson in tough love. And I learned about emotional manipulation, I learned about what people will say or do to get what they want, I learned what it meant to have someone you love not respect you and vice versa. I learned there was a great difference between my beliefs, my friends beliefs and definitely my parents beliefs. I felt different and alone. When I brought up this concern to a church official--oh back when I still went to church every Sunday with my parents--I was quietly accused of "trying to not fit in". And so I grew depressed and sunk inward.
My mother's a damn rock. I don't think we'd have much of anything if she wasn't the foundation. But she also doesn't get a lot of time for her as a result and I guess... I don't know.
The point is, bottling is stupid. Pretending to be okay when you aren't, is stupid and extremely damaging. My brother bottled--he didn't want to talk to a therapist, he didn't want to get help and he's gone because of that.
So I'm attempting to get a little better. I'm attempting to reach out and open up and be a bit more honest about when I'm having trouble. And as a result I occasionally post something vague on my social media. Usually facebook.
So really I think the weird tie-up of this odd ramble is to simply say, before you make fun of someone for that trend of behavior--give it a little thought first. You'll know them better than I do, so I'll leave the final judgement of how to respond up to you--but from my own experience... it's an attempt to reach out... without really knowing how to go about it. Or it's something I actually can't talk about--but need to vent out the emotion so it doesn't linger and percolate.
Yes, there are people who may just be looking for attention. But I think most of the time someone just needs to talk and isn't sure how to start the conversation.