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In the latest issue of Essence, Janet Jackson reveals how she’s continually battled with depression throughout her life.

“I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense,” Jackson shares about life in her thirties. “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.”

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What has Jackson confirmed as the reasons she’s been able to overcome depression? Her faith in God, the people she surrounds herself with and her beautiful 1-year-old son, Eissa.

“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,” Jackson says. “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.’”

Keep it all positive! Jackson will be performing in New Orleans next month as part of the 2018 Essence Festival.

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