r & b divas la, chrisette michele, what is mental illness, what is bipolar disorder, how do I know if I have bipolar disorder, what is a manic episode, what is a depressive episode, lem payne, linette payne,

On this season of R&B Divas LA, Chrisette Michele started her own record label, Rich Hipster, and her first artist is her brother, Lem Payne. Aside from his musical talents, it was also revealed on the show that Payne has been living with bipolar disorder for many years.

I recently spoke to Linette Payne (Chrisette and Lem’s mom) about this. She said that Lem is very smart and gifted, but he has a lot of different feelings to process at one time. This conflict made things difficult for Lem, starting when he was a young boy. Linette shared that she had to fight with frustrated school teachers and other authority figures in Lem’s life in order to help them understand that her son wasn’t a bad apple, but that he had an illness.

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