“Teen Mom” star Catelynn Lowell seems like she has it all together. However, she recently opened up about her struggle with depression and anxiety. On Aug. 15, WetPaint reported what the reality star had to say about it.
Depression and anxiety are not easy things to deal with. Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. That is approximately 18% of the population. Even though they are highly treatable, only about one-third receive treatment.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) state that 14.8 million adults in the United States suffers from a major depressive disorder in a given year. It is not uncommon for people to struggle with both depression and anxiety. Even though there are treatment options available, there is still a lot of stigma associated with the conditions.
On Instagram, Catelynn revealed that she struggles with depression and anxiety on a daily basis. She also posted some statistics on mood disorders. She added that they are not alone and that there is help, using the hashtag #listentoeachother.
It takes great courage for one to admit that they struggle with depression, anxiety or any other mental illness. Even though mental health awareness has come a long way, there is still a lot of stigma attached to it. The “Teen Mom” star is a great role model who has made it her mission to help others. Opening up about her own mental health struggles can get people talking and perhaps get someone to seek treatment.
Tyler Baltierra, Catelynn’s fiancé, admitted in 2013 that he suffered from depression. At that time, he revealed that he had two suicide attempts.
Last week, Robin Williams committed suicide, which was a huge shock to the nation. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states on their website that 38,364 killed themselves in 2010. That equates to an average of 105 suicides every day. Even more people survive their suicide attempts. The statistics show that over 487,700 people who had self-inflicted injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2011. Keep in mind, these numbers only include those who went to an emergency room and those that admitted they were trying to hurt themselves. The true numbers are probably much higher.
Even though nobody likes to talk about depression, anxiety or suicide, it needs to be discussed. They are common health conditions with treatment options. The more that people talk about it, the better chances of someone getting help. Even if one person is saved, that makes it all worth it.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts, there is help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.