It took guts for Leah Messer to discuss the issues that sent her to rehab

Apr 18, 2016 at 10:09 a.m. ET

Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer has had a troubled past, but her future is looking much brighter.

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During an appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, a clearly emotional Messer discussed her struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as the difficult decision she made to go to rehab.

"It took me quite some time to know whether I was gonna go or not," Messer told host Steve Harvey during an upcoming episode of the show (which will air on Monday, April 18). "I'm from West Virginia, and everyone that I was around didn't quite support me going away. They didn't think it was good."

Her eyes welled up with tears as she continued, "I knew I was suffering from something. I didn't know what it was. I just knew that I was suffering, and I needed help."

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It must have been incredibly difficult for Messer without the support from those around her, but she knew she needed to do something about her health (she explained that she was on the "anxiety and depression track" during her stint in rehab), and so she made the brave decision to enter rehab last summer.

And perhaps because she has experienced firsthand just how isolated you can feel without support or encouragement from those around you, Messer has decided to address her struggles publicly in the hopes that her story may help other women who find themselves in similar situations.

"Doing it the right way and to have that platform to teach girls to do it the right way, that's what matters to me... I put my life out there to be a positive influence and to reach out to people. This is my only desire. There's nothing else to gain from this," she said.

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Messer also took to Twitter to remind fans to tune in to the show, which she referred to as an "incredible experience."


Do you think Leah Messer's decision to publicly discuss her time in rehab is one that will help others who are struggling to know they aren't alone? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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