Teen Mom OG: Amber Portwood describes mental health as 'ticking time bomb' triggered by boyfriend

Amber Portwood described her mental health as 'a ticking time bomb' on Teen Mom: OG on Monday, saying she was triggered by boyfriend Andrew Glennon's jokes about her anxiety and inability to relate to her struggles.

'Every little thing is annoying to me, to the point of [getting] enraged,' Amber, 29, told her psychiatrist, adding that she often felt combative and irritable around her partner.

'I'm there, man,' she whispered, crying. 'I'm right there.'

Time bomb: Amber Portwood described her mental health as a 'ticking time bomb' during Monday's episode of Teen Mom: OG

Time bomb: Amber Portwood described her mental health as a 'ticking time bomb' during Monday's episode of Teen Mom: OG

In July, Amber was arrested for domestic battery after a fight with Andrew, 35, that allegedly involved a machete.

Andrew since the incident has been seeking primary custody of their one-year-old son James.

'Because I struggle with bipolar and borderline personality disorder, I sometimes have mood swings, and that can be tough on my relationship,' Amber explained in a voiceover.

Andrew, who had been supportive, mentioned early in the episode that her doctor said Amber might do better living somewhere else outside of Indiana.

Showing support: Andrew Glennon was supportive of Amber as she struggled with mood swings

Showing support: Andrew Glennon was supportive of Amber as she struggled with mood swings

'I really do think that I would be much happier in a place where it wasn't snowing [what] feels like 10 months out of the year… and I could be outside more,' she admitted.

Amber added, however, that she could never leave her daughter Leah, 10, who was being raised nearby by her father.

On the way to her doctor's office, she discussed her depression and anxiety with Andrew while he drove.

Happier place: Amber believed that she would be happier living outside of Indiana

Happier place: Amber believed that she would be happier living outside of Indiana

Mood swings: Amber admitted that her mood swings could be tough on Andrew
Driver's seat: Andrew drove Amber to see her psychiatrist

Driver's seat: Andrew drove Amber to see her psychiatrist as she was dealing with depression and mood swings

'It makes my head spin, it makes me think 24/7 to the point I can't sleep,' she related. 'It's hard, babe.'

'I can have a crowd of people around me and still feel alone, sad, for no reason.'

Andrew started to joke with her, but she felt like he wasn't listening and grew irritated.

Not funny: Andrew tried to lighten the mood, but Amber grew irritated with him

Not funny: Andrew tried to lighten the mood, but Amber grew irritated with him

'It's like talking to a freaking clown,' Amber said.

To her psychiatrist, she admitted that she didn't sleep, had no appetite, and was having trouble with her mood.

She detailed her frustration with Andrew's jokes, aware that he was trying to help her 'lighten up and be happier.'

Psychiatrist visit: The reality star was greeted by her psychiatrist Dr. Stachler

Psychiatrist visit: The reality star was greeted by her psychiatrist Dr. Stachler

'I should be more grateful for that, but for some odd reason, it was just bothering me today,' Amber confessed. 'It was just one of those days when I woke up in a mood.'

'Do you ever think you sabotage him taking care of you?' her psychiatrist asked.

'Mentally, yeah,' she acknowledged, beginning to cry.

Odd reason: Amber admitted that she should be more grateful of Andrew's support
Good question: The psychiatrist asked Amber if she was sabotaging Andrew caring for her

Good question: The psychiatrist asked Amber if she was sabotaging Andrew caring for her after she admitted she should be more grateful for her boyfriend's support

'That's really something that I need to figure out before it just gets to the point that I'm going to sabotage this relationship, which would be horrible.'

'Just wish that I didn't get triggered so easily,' she added. 'It's like a ticking time bomb.'

'Is that part of the stress—you feel the time bomb's about to go off?' he queried.

Getting emotional: Amber cried while talking about the stress of her mental health struggle

Getting emotional: Amber cried while talking about the stress of her mental health struggle

'Yeah,' she whispered. 'It's not me.'

In Michigan, Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra, both 27, were going through their own struggles.

They had been trying to arrange a visit with their daughter Carly, whom they gave up for adoption 10 years before.

Adopted daughter: In Michigan, Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra, both 27, were going through their own struggles

Adopted daughter: In Michigan, Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra, both 27, were going through their own struggles

Over the past few years, her adoptive family had texted them to say they felt the couple 'crossed the line' by talking about the adoption on TV, and canceled visits.

Tyler understood, but felt frustrated and powerless.

'At the end of the day, sometimes I get to the point where I'll say, ''Listen, me and Cate also deserve our authentic emotions about this situation'',' he vented.

Feeling frustrated: Tyler admitted that he felt frustrated with their daughter's adoptive parents

Feeling frustrated: Tyler admitted that he felt frustrated with their daughter's adoptive parents

Then the two of them got word that Carly would be visiting from out of state in just two weeks.

When they told their four-year-old daughter Novalee, she was thrilled.

'Carly's going to come and visit me?' the little girl asked.

Good news: Novalee was thrilled to learn that she would see her sister Carly again

Good news: Novalee was thrilled to learn that she would see her sister Carly again

'In a couple weeks,' Catelynn said. 'Do you remember her?'

'I don't remember her, but I do,' Novalee replied, relying on kid logic. 'And I will share with her with my toys.'

Catelynn was excited, too, but had concerns about the visit.

'I know the first time that Nova met [Carly], I was having really bad anxiety,' she explained to her mother-in-law.

Mixed emotions: Catelynn admitted to feeling anxiety the first time Carly met Nova

Mixed emotions: Catelynn admitted to feeling anxiety the first time Carly met Nova

'I think it was just triggering to see the one that you placed with the one you were parenting.'

'You get a lot of, ''Oh my gosh, what if she would have been here?'' You get a lot of ''what if'' things, and then, like…' she trailed off.

Cheyenne Floyd meanwhile was seeing how her boyfriend Matt handled parenting.

Single mom: Cheyenne Floyd meanwhile was seeing how her boyfriend Matt handled parenting

Single mom: Cheyenne Floyd meanwhile was seeing how her boyfriend Matt handled parenting

She and Matt took her two-year-old daughter Ryder on a trip into California's wine country to see how he fared as a parent before they got more serious.

As soon as they arrived at the home they had rented, Ryder ran in and out of every room, screaming with joy.

'You okay?' Cheyenne asked Matt, reassuring him that Ryder would calm down. 'You look nervous.'

Energetic girl: Ryder got excited in her new surroundings

Energetic girl: Ryder got excited in her new surroundings

'I'm just like, ''Whoa, whoa'',' Matt laughed.

The next day, they took the little girl to an ostrich farm to 'wear her out' so they could enjoy the night later.

'Matt was really good with Ryder at the farm, so I think he's adapted to her high energy,' Cheyenne said.

Ostrich farm: Matt and Cheyenne took Ryder to an ostrich farm to tire her out

Ostrich farm: Matt and Cheyenne took Ryder to an ostrich farm to tire her out

The two of them tried to drink wine at a vineyard, but Ryder ran all over the place, then melted down.

'Does it make you not want to have kids?' Cheyenne asked Matt.

'No, I'm getting used to it,' he insisted.

Wine trip: Cheyenne asked Matt if being with Ryder was making him not want to have children

Wine trip: Cheyenne asked Matt if being with Ryder was making him not want to have children

Back at the rental, Ryder pulled the phone from the wall.

'Mine! Mine! Mine!' she shouted.

Over lunch, Cheyenne checked in with Matt again.

'It's fine to say you're overwhelmed,' she offered. 'I have days where I'm overwhelmed, and I'm her mother.'

'It's just a learning experience,' she added.

Learning curve: Matt said that he was learning how to parent with Ryder

Learning curve: Matt said that he was learning how to parent with Ryder

'I'm definitely learning,' he replied.

When Matt revealed that he would be ready for babies in his 30s, Cheyenne stared at him.

She wanted another baby imminently, she said.

In Texas, Maci Bookout, 27, expressed a different opinion.

No more: Maci Bookout unlike Cheyenne said she did not want to have more kids

No more: Maci Bookout unlike Cheyenne said she did not want to have more kids

The mother of three definitely didn't want any more kids.

In fact, she took her husband, Taylor McKinney, to talk to a doctor about getting a vasectomy.

Maci had dealt with crippling PCOS symptoms for years, and hoped to go off her birth control to finally manage the condition, but she didn't want to get pregnant again.

Taylor wasn't sure he liked the idea of the procedure.

Tough call: Taylor McKinney wasn't sure about getting a vasectomy

Tough call: Taylor McKinney wasn't sure about getting a vasectomy

'I'm typically pretty calm, cool and collected,' he told Maci as they drove to see the doctor.

'I don't know if I look that way right now, but I don't feel it,' he admitted.

The doctor was blunt. He said that a vasectomy would be far easier on both of them than a tubal ligation for Maci.

'I think the first question you have to ask yourself is: ''Are we ready for no more pregnancies for Maci?'',' he said.

'She is, and I'm not,' Taylor confessed.

Doctor visit: A doctor said that a vasectomy would be far easier on both of them than a tubal ligation for Maci

Doctor visit: A doctor said that a vasectomy would be far easier on both of them than a tubal ligation for Maci

It was an issue that would have to be resolved, Maci admitted.

'When are we going to address that we are on different sides of the fence about having children?' she wondered aloud as they drove home. 'That's a big deal.'

'It really is,' Taylor agreed.

While the two of them contemplated the future, Maci's ex, Ryan, 31, went on vacation with his wife, Mackenzie Standifer, and their baby, Jagger.

The ex: Maci's ex Ryan went on vacation with his wife, Mackenzie Standifer, and their baby, Jagger

The ex: Maci's ex Ryan went on vacation with his wife, Mackenzie Standifer, and their baby, Jagger

'What do you think about having more kids?' he asked her over lunch. 'I know that accidents do happen.'

In July, the couple revealed they were expecting their second child.

New cast member Mackenzie McKee, 24, was dogged by marital problems while trying to care for her three children.

Baby talk: The couple talked about having another child together

Baby talk: The couple talked about having another child together

The Oklahoma mom had been at odds with her husband Josh since he lied about talking to other women while he was away at a rodeo.

To make it up to her, he volunteered to watch the kids while she focused on her new fitness business and prepared to enter a bikini fitness competition.

She was also grappling with the fact that her mother had terminal cancer and was undergoing chemo.

Oklahoma mom: New cast member Mackenzie McKee, 24, was dogged by marital problems while trying to care for her three children

Oklahoma mom: New cast member Mackenzie McKee, 24, was dogged by marital problems while trying to care for her three children

Bikini contest: Mackenzie was preparing for a bikini fitness competition

Bikini contest: Mackenzie was preparing for a bikini fitness competition

Always a source of support, she was no longer able to help.

'I really need Josh to step up,' Mackenzie pointed out.

But almost immediately, Josh disappeared for a whole day, becoming unreachable by phone for five hours.

When she did locate him, he was dismissive and angry.

Terminal cancer: The mother-of-three was also grappling with the fact that her mother had terminal cancer and was undergoing chemo

Terminal cancer: The mother-of-three was also grappling with the fact that her mother had terminal cancer and was undergoing chemo 

'This makes me so mad,' she said, as her three-year-old son, Broncs, cried. 'Like I want to drive to where he is and just scream.'

When Mackenzie found Josh at the gym, she read him the riot act for ignoring her calls, but he just drove away.

'Now you know what it's like dealing with Josh McKee, the person whose wife supports him, pays his entry fees, pays for his truck that he just drove off in,' she ranted.

Drove off: Josh McKee drove off after being scolded by Mackenzie

Drove off: Josh McKee drove off after being scolded by Mackenzie

She sat down with a show producer and shared her frustration.

'I just feel like my whole life is falling apart,' Mackenzie admitted.

'I have a mom that's sick, a business to run. I don't want to be with Josh at all.'

'I feel like I deserve someone who is going to work as hard as I do,' she continued. 'I'm so exhausted at the end of the day. I don't know where to go from here.'

Fed up: Mackenzie grew angry as she was unable to reach Josh for hours

Fed up: Mackenzie grew angry as she was unable to reach Josh for hours

Later, Josh apologized.

'I'm sorry,' he said, realizing how stressed his wife was. 'You're damn right. I should have had my phone on me.'

They shook hands as his apology was accepted.

Teen Mom: OG will return next week for the season finale on MTV. 

Apology offered: Josh later apologized to Mackenzie for missing her phone calls

Apology offered: Josh later apologized to Mackenzie for missing her phone calls

Shook hands: Mackenzie and Josh shook hands after he said he was sorry

Shook hands: Mackenzie and Josh shook hands after he said he was sorry

 

Teen Mom OG: Amber Portwood describes mental health as 'ticking time bomb' triggered by boyfriend

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