Amber Portwood’s Suicide Attempt Means It's Time to Pull 'Teen Mom'

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She's facing trial for domestic violence against her boyfriend, there are nude photos of her circling the Internet, and she lost custody of her daughter a month ago. I don't know about you, but I'm not entirely shocked to hear that Teen Mom star Amber Portwood may have attempted suicide today.

According to RadarOnline, this morning Portwood was rushed to St. Johns Hospital in her hometown of Indiana, where Portwood reportedly told the staff that she had overdosed on pills. 

It was her on-again, off-again boyfriend Gary Shirley who became worried about her after a troubling phone conversation and sent his mother to check on Portwood. That's when she was discovered unconscious on a couch and, according to some reports, in addition to having swallowed a cocktail of pills, she had a rope around her neck.

Portwood has been stabilized and is presumably now receiving treatment, but I can't imagine it's going to be an easy road to recovery at this point. At just 21 years old, this young mom has so many troubles, it's hard to even know where to start.

Here's one suggestion, though. How about saying goodbye to Teen Mom? Because it seems like this show brings nothing but heartache to the kids-having-kids it focuses on. Portwood is due to appear in the third season of Teen Mom, and preview clips already make it seem like the series is continuing to capitalize on her struggles. Despite her hopeful claim that the new season will show her "looking to start new," one ad for the show gleefully captures a fight between Portwood and Shirley as she curses in front of their daughter.


"Watch your mouth, before I take Leah from you!" Shirley snaps to Portwood on camera. You know, just the sort of parental conversation that should be aired to over 5 million viewers.


We can't know what all led to Portwood's state of hopeless depression that culminated in this morning's actions, but I think it's time for MTV to rethink what they're doing to the troubled girls they continue to exploit for Teen Mom. I know they aren't the ones making the bad choices for the cast members, but these kids need help so they become responsible parents. Cameras and insta-fame can do no good.


What are your thoughts on Amber Portwood's cry for help? Do you think Teen Mom has anything to do with how she's turned out?



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