Amber Portwood: Suffering from Mental Health Issues During Pregnancy

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Amber Portwood is not in a good place right now.

But then again, she's never been in a good place, not once in all the years we've known her, so it's to be expected at this point.

Amber Portwood at 2017 VMAs

After years of dealing with drug addiction and massive anger management problems and, you know, prison, not to mention the supreme creepiness of Matt Baier ...

She's been through a lot, to say the least.

So now that she's settled down a little bit, since she's cut Matt loose and found a new creeper to play house with and since she's pregnant again, you'd think things would be easier, right?

At least a little bit.

But if you honestly thought that, then you must not be too familiar with Ms. Portwood.

Amber Portwood Can't Chill

While it looks like she gets along better with Andrew Glennon than she did with Matt, we don't imagine that will be the case forever -- Andrew has two exes with restraining orders against him, so a happy ending with Teen Mom's OG felon doesn't seem likely.

And while it may look like she's in a better situation to have a child now than she was when she was a broke teenager, it really doesn't feel that way.

After all, she doesn't really parent the child she already has, and we all saw how maternal she was when she did have custody of Leah.

Spoiler if you missed the first few seasons of Teen Mom: most inanimate objects appear to be more maternal than Amber.

Look, the point is that it's all just bad, everything about this whole situation is bad and weird and scary.

Amber Portwood Takes a Selfie

And in a new interview Amber just did with People, she's opening up about how bad things are for her these days.

In the interview, Amber revealed that she "had a concern" with her depression recently, and after speaking with her doctor, they concluded that "it was a concern that postpartum [depression] was something that could happen because of how I'm doing right now."

She explained that she wants to "nip it in the bud before anything gets too bad or you go into a really deep depression, which is not good for me right now, obviously."

So she began taking antidepressants, which she said is "just something you have to do to make yourself feel better, and you have to make sure it's safe for the baby and just move forward from that."

First of all, it's sincerely wonderful that Amber took the steps to get help if she's been feeling depressed. Lots of antidepressants are perfectly safe during pregnancy, and it's a great thing that she's taking care of herself like this.

Amber Portwood Baby Bump with Andrew Glennon

Obviously there's no shame in admitting you're struggling, and if she does develop postpartum depression down the line, she's got a head start on battling it.

It's also good that she seems to be wising up a little when it comes to her health.

Last year, after Amber broke up with Matt, she made statements about how she'd stopped taking her medications because she thought it was just her situation that was making her feel depressed.

Except she's said many times that she's bipolar, which isn't something you just get over by getting out of a bad situation -- not that depression is either, but bipolar disorder is a lifelong thing.

Amber Portwood in Good Light?

She's also said before that the medications she normally took weren't safe for pregnancy, but maybe since she's already on antidepressants, she'll consult her doctor about any other meds she made need after having the baby.

Maybe this is the first step to a whole new and improved Amber!

We can dream, right?

Oh, also in the interview, she specified that she's 33 weeks pregnant right now, which means that she conceived within the first few weeks of dating Andrew.

What a world.

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Amber Portwood Biography

Amber and Leah (Teen Mom)
Amber Portwood is a star on MTV's Teen Mom. She is the mother of Leah Leann Shirley, whose father is Gary Shirley, Amber's on-off fiance... More »
Birthplace
Anderson, Indiana
Full Name
Amber Portwood