She was in a dark place
When your career is being a reality star, you essentially make an agreement to publicize the most private elements of your life. In some ways, the Teen Mom cast members may not be particularly happy about this ― when secrets or rumors about them start to spread ― but Catelynn Lowell has always made an effort to make her life an example for others. Perhaps that’s why she’s been open about her recent decision to get treatment for her suicidal thoughts.
Discussing mental health is never particularly easy thanks to centuries of stigma, but Catelynn recently opened up about a very difficult decision she made. The star decided to enter treatment after having persistent suicidal thoughts. Catelynn has struggled with mental illness throughout the years, and the truth is that most people don’t wake up one day in a deep depression. More often, it is a slow decline that happens over time. Many with mental health issues become pros at hiding their problems. Now, fans are getting an inside look into Catelynn’s long term struggles with her mental health.
At the age of 16, Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra had to make an incredibly difficult decision. Would they keep a baby that they had no means of providing for, or would they choose adoption so she could hopefully get a better life? When the couple eventually opted for adoption, they decided to make their experience into an example. Since then, Tyler and Catelynn have done their part to speak out about the benefits and experiences of adoption, even talking to their co-star Briana DeJesus about whether or not she should choose adoption for her second daughter Stella.
Recently, Catelynn faced another difficult decision in her life. When she was faced with a dip in her mental health, she made the choice to enter a treatment center to get help. “Well today I thought of every way to kill myself .. so I’m going to treatment,” the star tweeted to fans on Nov. 17. Now, it looks like Catelynn is using her experiences as an example of how treatment and recovery can work.
Getting treatment is often very difficult, and for Catelynn, it came at the end of a long struggle with her mental illness. “She’s been having anxiety lately,” a source close to Catelynn and Tyler told Radar Online. “He said that she had been sleeping in a lot, more than usual the two days prior to all of this. She was in a really bad mind frame [sic] and then she just broke down.”
An Inside Look
Eventually, Catelynn came clean with her therapist about having suicidal thoughts, and her doctor informed her she should seek more intensive treatment as soon as she could. “Tyler said it scared him more than anything in the world,” spilled the insider. “It’s a miracle that she chose to speak up and do something about it. He’s thanking God that this is the end result and not anything tragic.”
The insider claimed that there were “no warning signs” before Catelynn’s decline. “From what Tyler said, this just completely came out of left field. Literally no warning, which was what made it so scary.”
Considering that Catelynn and Tyler have recently announced they’re ready for another baby, this was difficult for the couple. “Catelynn was afraid of postpartum depression, which is the first reason she admitted herself into rehab the first time,” said the insider. “So this comes as a major blow.”
While Catelynn is in treatment, Tyler will be on his own — but he has his hands full dealing with a recent controversy after he was called out for spouting a racial slur on Snapchat! Not to mention, raising their daughter Nova during Cate’s difficult journey.
Check out Radar‘s update here.
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