Catelynn has courageously discussed her battle with anxiety in the past — but during tonight’s “Teen Mom OG” episode, Tyler’s wife approached the difficult subject with an unfamiliar candor and expressed ways to help cope with this medical condition moving forward.
While the MTV cast member had openly suffered from the disorder earlier in the season — Carly and Novalee’s first meeting and her fears that her relationship with her longtime love would change after their wedding are a couple of reasons for its onslaught — her anxiety (as well as her depression) took a difficult turn when she was preparing to leave her “Tootie” for her week-long honeymoon in Hawaii. However, she did not let it debilitate her — instead, she was proactive about easing her symptoms.
The first order of business: making sure she filled her dosage for her antidepressants and speaking with her longtime counselor Kathleen about her mounting distress surrounding the upcoming trip and the separation from her daughter.
“When I talk about anxiety, it triggers it because it makes me scared to have it,” she confessed in the clip above. “I feel like it freaks me out so much to get it, that sometimes it will send me into it.”
When Kathleen advised Cate that she had to feel these difficult emotions as a way to get to the root of the issue, something inside of the Michigan native was triggered.
“I don’t want to deal with this for the rest of my life,” the visibly upset mother revealed. “It’s miserable.”
Fortunately, though, Catelynn was able to enjoy her vacation with her husband without any anxiety attacks. In addition, the two voiced each other’s needs as they work to raise their little girl.
For Tyler, that meant stating that he would do more to help Catelynn with Nova — and putting into words why he allowed Catelynn to be more hands-on because of their experiences chronicled on “16 & Pregnant” and past season of “Teen Mom.”
“I know what you missed out with Carly, so I feel sometimes like…just let her have it,” the young dad admitted about how his first reaction is to let Catelynn handle their daughter during stressful moments. However, Catelynn chimed in that he “missed out too” and that this shouldn’t hold him back from these types of responsibilities.
As Catelynn and Tyler have shown us through the years, they are able to maturely discuss their feelings and fears as they work to reach a resolution together. And even though these aforementioned medical conditions are going to impact their lives, they have shown that they are able to face the issues head-on and be supportive of each other.
Be sure to offer your words of encouragement for the couple in the comments — and keep watching “Teen Mom OG” every Monday at 10/9c. And if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, or just wants someone to talk to, there are people who can help. Head to halfofus.com for information and resources.