It is a no secret that Teen Mom OG star Catelynn Lowell is suffering from a mental illness, but recently, she and her husband, Tyler Baltierra, has decided to talk about their challenges.
In a podcast interview at Voices For Change 2.0, the couple shared their plight in their battle against depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Lowell said that she opened up on her struggles with depression on Teem Mom OG because she wanted to at least "save at least one life."
Okay Not To Be Okay
Baltierra and Lowell also agreed that society has this stigma of people suffering from depression and what they should do to change their behavior. However, a mental illness like that is more than just having an active lifestyle.
"If getting better was about changing your behavior, Cate would have already done it. It's okay to not be okay," Baltierra said.
News of Lowell's depression has been circulating on the news because she has been getting in and out of the rehab. The young mom has been struggling with mental health disorders since her first panic attack at age 20. Since then, she was diagnosed as having panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.
Lowell said that she likes to call herself a "trauma survivor" and that being diagnosed with PTSD was a shocking discovery. Eventually, she said that she had gotten a clearer perspective on things.
However, it is not only Lowell who is at the forefront of fighting mental illnesses. Baltierra shared that he too struggled as a teenager and tried to commit suicide at age 11. His disorder is categorized in the bipolar spectrum.
"That was pretty shocking to figure out, but also it made a lot of sense back to when I was young. It was weird. But getting back into therapy, I've been managing that stuff," Baltierra said.
The 26-year-old MTV personality is now getting regular therapy alongside his real-life partner.
Lowell urged not only the young but also anybody who find themselves in a difficult situation to seek professional help. She assured the listeners that anybody can get past their mental health issues as long as the person is willing to put in the work that needed to be done.
"Remember that your past does not define you," said Lowell.
The reality star shared her routine to keep the blues away such as meditation, horse riding, yoga, and the use of lavender oil to help calm her senses.