Everyone faces their own struggles in life — and Teen Mom 3 star Mackenzie McKee is opening up about hers.
In a new interview, the mother-of-three reveals that she struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of her youngest, Broncs, and even considered taking her own life.
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“My postpartum was so bad,” the 22-year-old tells Radar. “I would fill up the bathtub and go under water. I would take anxiety meds and hope not to wake up.”
Happy Easter from my crazy bunch.... ❤️️🐰🐣 we hope you all have a fantastic day. A post shared by Mackenzie (Douthit) Mckee (@mackenzietaymckee) on Apr 16, 2017 at 10:40am PDT
Happy Easter from my crazy bunch.... ❤️️🐰🐣 we hope you all have a fantastic day.
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She was struggling in her marriage to her husband, Josh — and now she says she felt she wasn’t supported by him.
“I was in the bathtub and Josh took the kids. I definitely needed him, but I was pushing him away,” she explains. “He would come home from work and I could be crying and I would threaten suicide. He couldn’t handle it… He said, ‘I don’t love you, you’re crazy.’ I was suicidal. He said, ‘Go kill yourself, but don’t do it in front of me and the kids.’”
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This isn’t the first time Mac has confessed to having suicidal thoughts. When she first appeared in the spotlight, she struggled with fame and how it impacted her day-to-day life as a young mom in a small town.
“Through this time, I hid, I would stay off social media, I would stay home, I was scared to go out, and I clung to my boyfriend who is now my husband,” she wrote at the time. “And let’s be honest, at the time he was not the best boyfriend but I felt he was all I had. Then when I was alone, I would lay down, review EVERYTHING someone I knew had to say about me and cry. Yes, I would cry and cry and cry. I would cry to the point where I was shaking and screwing up my blood sugars. I didn’t have dreams anymore, I would pray to God to either help me out of the country or send me home to heaven.”
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We’re grateful to hear that Mac — who is focusing on her multiple businesses as well as her growing family — has since gotten the help she needs.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
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