'Teen Mom 2' Star Leah Messer Addresses Depression And Anxiety Rehab Stint

By McCarton Ackerman 04/20/16

The 23-year-old sat down with Steve Harvey and Dr. Drew to discuss motherhood, rehab, and public scrutiny. 

'Teen Mom 2' Star Leah Messer Addresses Depression And Anxiety Rehab Stint
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Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer opened up to Steve Harvey about her rehab stint last summer, crediting her time in treatment with helping move her life in the right direction. In the interview which aired Monday on The Steve Harvey Show, Messer said she was on the “anxiety and depression track” during her time in a 30-day inpatient program.

“It took me quite some time to know whether I was gonna go or not. I’m from West Virginia, and everyone that I was around didn’t quite support me going away. They didn’t think it was good,” said Messer. “I knew I was suffering from something. I didn’t know what it was. I just knew that I was suffering and I needed help.”

Messer’s decision to enter rehab was featured prominently last summer on an episode of Teen Mom 2. Her denial was apparent early on as she refused to even refer to the facility as “rehab,” instead calling it a “more intense therapy.” She also denied having a drug problem, despite being shown in another scene falling in and out of consciousness as she held a baby relative.

“The rumor around town [is that] she’ll take anything she can get her damn hands on,” said Corey Simms, her ex-husband and the father to their twin daughters. Simms and his new wife, Miranda, were shown helping Messer figure out a living situation for their children, which she acknowledged was the hardest part of going away to treatment.

“I know I have to do this for them. The happy person I used to be is fading away,” said Messer. “That means I can't be the mom I want to be for them. The person I know I could be and I will be again is crying for help inside me.”

Messer said that she and Simms are now “co-parenting really well” and are “in a much better place.” The reality star said she is happier than she’s ever been.

“Not even six months ago, I probably never would’ve seen what I see now,” she told Harvey. “Doing it the right way and being able to have that platform to teach girls to do it the right way, that’s what matters to me.”

Here's a clip from Leah's interview on The Steve Harvey Show:

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