Since losing custody of her five-year-old twins, Leah Messer has put on a brave face on social media ... but how is she really holding up?
As we reported yesterday, Leah lost custody to Corey Simms last week, following months of back-and-forth between Messer and her ex.
Now, one close confidant is weighing in on her mental state.
“I know it’s gonna be devastating for Leah,” Dr. Drew, who moderates the Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 reunions, said Thursday.
“Leah loves her children. She is a dedicated mother."
"People are wondering how she’s doing and if you saw the last Teen Mom 2 reunion show ... I believed she was making some progress.”
Rumors that Corey and Leah hooked up recently, on top of their very real custody drama, could not have helped the overall tension.
Messer says she felt hurt by Corey and Miranda tag-teaming her in that situation and felt victimized, but Dr. Drew sees reason for hope:
"One of the signs i noticed that the people around her - like her ex-husband and his new wife - are starting to really come down on her."
"When that starts to happen, that’s a sign to me that the identified patient is getting better. That’s a sign that things are getting better."
"Because when somebody’s aware enough, that people who have been worried and frustrated, [the person] can actually hear them?"
"That’s when they come down on them. So I told Leah that’s a a good sign and that she should just learn to tolerate it … but to focus."
"Focus her treatment which she was willing to do.”
“She had lots of good questions and I was expecting progress,” he said. “I don’t know if this is going to set her back but I wish her the best."
Leah, he says, "is working very hard and this has been a terribly stressful and painful time for her, so let’s all wish her the best.”
Let's do that ... but let's not expect this situation to be resolved without more bumps in the road, because it all sounds very contentious.