Michael Jackson - Rebbie Jackson Opens Up About Daughter's Mental Problems

MICHAEL JACKSON's sister REBBIE has opened up about her daughter's battle with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in a bid to raise awareness of mental illness.
The star admits coping with the problems faced by Yashi Brown - one of her three children with childhood sweetheart Nathaniel Brown - has been difficult.
She tells FOX411's Pop Tarts, "It was such a hard thing, it has all been an experience I will never ever forget and all I wanted was to find a solution or a way in which Yashi could just solve the problems.
"A lot of people have these disorders and they don't know it because there are very different degrees of bipolar. So many people have this but they can't figure out what their problem is. So you have to get to the core of the problem, expose it and accept it does exist, and then you can go about learning how to deal with it."
Yashi is also preparing to make details of her battle public - she's releasing a book, entitled Black Daisy in a White Limousine: 77 Poems, to help other sufferers.
She says, "Of course growing up in a high profile family especially will make you feel like you need to be some sort of an example or be super strong to the people around you and not be yourself. Instead of saying, 'I have these challenges and other people have these same challenges and let's communicate and talk about it' as opposed to trying to act like they don't exist or that you have it all together is really exacerbating it in the long run."


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Rebbie, you are definately not alone in this struggle, my 3 children and myself suffer from bipolar dissorder and I know speaking from experience that it can be very hard and trying thing to battle day to day, especially when your bodies chemicals start to go out of whack. I've watched my daughter try to commit suicide while trying to be diagnosed. Unfortunately too, there are people that think it's a made up disease.My prayers are with you,Blessings and love
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Oh Reebie, I have so often wished that so many more people would realize that people are people, no matter status in society. Why shouldn't celebrities feel free to express themselves as they wish without having to be concerned with what media may do to a story, let alone persons in the story ?I love you, for you are my sister in the family of humanity. And I love you even more for caring about others.
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