Is Jesse Jackson Jr. Suffering From Depression?

    An image of Jesse Jackson Jr. giving a speech with his face on a projection screenRep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s doctor recently announced that the Illinois Democrat has been absent from Congress in order to receive treatment for a mood disorder.

    “The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” Jackson’s physician said in a statement provided to Yahoo News via the congressman’s congressional office. “He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.” The statement indicated that Jackson’s attending physician and treatment center “will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy.”

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    Jackson’s chief of staff Rick Bryant added that rumors about Jackson receiving treatment for alcohol or substance abuse are false. Instead, some are speculating that Jackson may be suffering from depression.

    Several experts said that based on the doctor’s use of the term “mood disorder,” they believed Jackson might be suffering from depression. Doctors interviewed by the Associated Press who didn’t have first-hand knowledge of Jackson’s condition said the term typically refers to depression or bipolar disorder, which used to be known as manic depression.

    Dr. Daniel Yohanna, vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, said depression is the more common and affects about 5 percent of men at some point in their lives. Symptoms can range from sleep disturbance and appetite problems to hopelessness and thoughts of suicide, though cure rates are very high, he said.

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