Eminem's Mom Releases Tell-All Book, Reveals Rapper's Battle W/ Depression

ImageAccording to platinum rapper Eminem's mom, Debbie Nelson, Slim Shady is a manic depressive who has lost control of his life.

Nelson has released a tell-all book about her son entitled My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, in which she says the superstar has battled depression for years. According to Nelson, Eminem's condition worsened after his ex-wife Kim Mathers gave birth to their daughter Hailie, who is 11. She said his mood has become even more dangerous since Em and Kim split for a second time in 2006.

A family friend told Life and Style magazine, "[Debbie] just hopes he'll read [the book] and realize how loved he is. She fears she'll end up burying him unless he gets help ... We all see him teetering on the edge of self-destruction."

Em and his mother have been involved in a bitter feud for years, and he rapped about his hatred for her in a string of popular singles. Nelson even hit her son with a $7 million lawsuit in 2002, claiming defamation. But reportedly, Em had a change of heart when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and he agreed to foot the medical bill in excess of $200,000.

My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem is available in the UK now and will hit the U.S. market in 2008.