Amber Portwood's Mental Health Struggle
06/16/2011 AT 12:45 PM EDT
While the reality TV personality has yet to comment on events of that day, Portwood, 21, did open up to PEOPLE last summer about her struggle with bipolar disorder – a condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood.
“I take medication,” she said at the time. "I haven't [taken] anything today. Am I acting crazy? This is me though, and I like it."
Portwood, who was shown on the MTV series visiting a therapist shortly after giving birth to her daughter Leah in 2008, said that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that year, after a particularly depressing time.
At that time, "I was like, 'Screw this day, but I gotta get up for Leah,'" Portwood said of her mindset. "I just thought I was lazy."
Even so, Portwood wasn’t convinced that her diagnosis was accurate.
"I don’t think I'm bipolar, to be honest with you," she said. "I'm just really outgoing. I think everybody thinks they're bipolar these days. You're a teenager, you have hormones. You're gonna switch up every two seconds!"
According to a source, Amber has been in therapy for two years. MTV did not reply to requests for comment.