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.