Janet Jackson reveals struggle with Depression

LONDON- Janet Jackson has revealed that she has struggled with depression, opening up that it was “intense” battle with depression and said she found happiness thanks to her young son.

The legendary artist believes that the depression was from feeling “inferior” as a child, experiencing racism and sexism but said she is grateful that she fought her struggles.

Writing a piece in the new issue of Essence magazine, she wrote, “I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course, there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”

She said the older she got, even during her forties she struggled to fight back the depression.

She explained, “In my forties: Like millions of women in the world, I still heard voices inside my head berating me, voices questioning my value. Happiness was elusive. A reunion with old friends might make me happy. A call from a colleague might make me happy. But because sometimes I saw my failed relationships as my fault, I easily fell into despair.”

Jackson said she fought back the despair by the happiness her son 16 months, Eissa brings.

She said: “The height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God. Happiness is saying, ‘Thank you, God, for my life, my energy and my capacity to grow in love.'”

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