Over the course of the past year, Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra have endured challenges that would put any marriage to the test.
Catelynn suffered a miscarriage that exacerbated existing mental health problems for both her and Tyler.
Lowell checked into rehab three times, and while she says the treatment helped, there's no quick fix for mental illness.
Now, she and Tyler are coping with the challenges of addressing their ailments while still attending to the needs of their daughter - and their marriage.
And as Teen Mom OG fans were reminded this week, it hasn't been an easy process:
Despite their painful pasts, Catelynn and Tyler were regarded as one of the Teen Mom franchise's most stable couples for several years. Unfortunately, the Baltierras have fallen on hard times in recent months.
Last year, Catelynn suffered a miscarriage after months of trying to conceive. The tragic loss sent her into a downward spiral that resulted in multiple hosptalizations.
At one point, Catelynn checked herself in for treatment after telling fans she had been contemplating suicide. In the months since, she's become a role model for young people struggling with mental illness.
Tyler Steps Up
Catelynn's husband has been widely praised for supporting her emotionally and assuming more parenting duties during this difficult time, despite struggling with mental health issues of his own.
Ups and Downs
The Baltierras are currently working together to climb out of a very deep pit. But as the latest Teen Mom OG preview reminds us the process of battling mental illness is a lengthy one with many ups and downs.
A Difficult Admission
“It’s super hard for me to tell you this thing so keep an open mind,” Catelynn told Tyler in the clip. “I started having really bad anxiety in the mornings. I guess I’ve just been hiding it."
The Guilt of the Afflicted
"I just feel like I’m letting people down for some reason. I feel guilty for having anxiety," she added.
A Difficult Situation
Tyler was obviously pained by the admission, but he handled the situation deftly, assuring Catelyinn that she's “not letting nobody down."
The Hard Road Back to Stability
“Obviously my meds aren’t working," Lowell lamented. "I have to force myself to get in the shower and put makeup on.”
Tyler seems to have a pretty clear understanding of Catelynn's affliction, but it seems there are still times when he's tempted to blame himself for her depression.
A Hard Conversation
Shortly after her admission of relapse, Tyler asked Catelynn if her condition "has something to do" with him.
Setting the Record Straight
“It has nothing to do with you Tyler,” Lowell said. “It’s my inner child sh-t. It’s me being a f--king 12-year-old and my dad leaving or me being 8 and my mom drinking all the time and not being there."
“I wouldn’t blame, you, Tyler if you want to just divorce me,” Catelynn terfully added.
A Common Sentiment
It's not unusual for those who struggle with depression and anxiety to encourage their loved ones to seek refuge. Fortunately, Catelynn is married to a supportive partner who's able to empathize with her plight.
It was at that point that Lowell revealed to Baltierra that she had decided to check back into rehab for another round of treatment.
The episode was filmed several months ago, and we now know that Cate's latest stint in in-patient treatment was a resounding success.
On the Upswing
"I feel way better now," Cate said on a recent episode of Kailyn Lowry's podcast.
A Crucial Adjustment
"I did genetic testing and found out that the medication I was on for five years doesn't even work for me," she told Kailyn. "So they put me on different medications and they seem to be working really well." Sounds like Cate is doing much better these days - but there's still cause for concern...
Earlier this week, Baltierra posted a cryptic tweet that has some fans concerned. “Laying in bed next to my peacefully sleeping wife. I can hear my daughter snoozing away through the monitor in her room," he wrote. "My dog is cuddled up on the floor next to me…& yet I feel so empty… so alone.” It's another reminder that against mental illness is a lifelong battle.