In the wake of being slammed for going back to rehab, Teen Mom OG star Catelynn Lowell is clapping back at her haters.
She's being mom-shamed, wife-shamed, and plain ol' shamed for "abandoning" her family. And she's clapping back.
Take a look at her strong words -- and at the hate to which she was responding.
Following the episode in which she explained the reason she was returning to rehab, Catelynn Lowell took to Twitter to put the haters on blast.
"All you ignorant people are the reason why mental health still has this huge stigma around it!"
The stigma surrounding mental health is devastating, though things are getting better as more and more people use social media to share what was once a private struggle.
She shares some hashtags that encourage people to learn more about mental health.
She wishes that people wouldn't condemn her for going to rehab when they clearly do not know what they're talking about.
"You have NO clue unless you have been through it yourself."
In many ways, Catelynn feels exhasperated.
"Some of you people disgust me."
She continues to correct the people who think that she was abandoning her family by going to rehab.
"I wasn't 'running away' from my problems I was FIXING them!"
Yep. Seeking medical help when you need it is the right thing to do.
"Working HARD & getting on the right medication."
Sometimes, that requires inpatient treatment.
"I wouldn't wish this crap on my worst enemy!"
Mental illness is a terrible burden. The only good thing about it is that more people are speaking openly about their struggles.
"But I guess I'll have haters no matter what! Just glad I got myself better and if ppl r mad then be mad I guess
Having haters -- and ideally learning to accept them -- goes with the territory of being a reality star, unfortunately.
Catelynn retweeted a few supportive tweets, including one that reads:
"I’ve done outpatient & inpatient treatment and sometimes outpatient just isn’t enough at that certain time! That’s nothing to be ashamed of. dont listen to the hate! I’ll never understand how you guys deal with so much bullshit from random people! You’re so strong!"
She also clapped back at a hater, who wrote:
"Us people? Smh"
Catelynn's own tweet responded:
"Yes the ones that are uneducated on mental illness. That's what ignorance is. People with uneducated opinions."
She's not wrong.
If you want to see what sorts of hate she's fighting back again, take a look at this small sampling of social media vitriol that fills her mentions:
"Lots of wives and mothers have to do this while still raising a family. Not everyone has the luxury of dumping their family and hopping on a plane to a rehab center to 'get their meds right'. They do that between raising a family and working a full time job."
"If she got a job, joined a gym & ate the right food that be half the battle for her! She’s too much time to sit around eating smoking and thinking. Get a life and live it! Get healthy for one that’s a start."
"You're not the only parent struggling with mental health issues. I am a single parent with mental health issues BUT, I still have to provide for my family and be there when my children need me. You are putting Nova in the same position your parents put you in, think about that."
"Wasn't she instructed to stay away from social media? She's a non-compliant patient which makes one wonder in what other areas of her life is she not following the process? Does she even *want* to get better?"
"You complain too much!!! Get over it. People have been through worst s--t then you and youre dragging s--t out thats 10+ yrs old. Woman up. Can't even cook for your man"
These haters may be eager to slam Catelynn for making what was clearly a responsible choice for herself and for her loved ones.
But Tyler Baltierra is standing by his wife.
In response to her on-camera confession that she needed to return to rehab in order to truly recover, he said:
"I’m not ever leaving, I’m not going anywhere. Don’t think like that."
He reiterated that message on social media, writing:
"I love you more Babe! True love is boundless, limitless, & unconditional!"