Depression: 20 celebrities who have lived (and died) with it

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, while world famous for her music and just being downright energetic in her stage performances, has also battled with body image problems, the death of loved ones and pressure from superstardom which all attacked her via depression.

She wrote a feature article for Essence, stating, "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."

In addition, Jackson had been struggling with body image issues which reappeared through her life, "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."

Her way out of depression was through becoming a mother, which helped immensely turn her attitude around, "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," according to Self.

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