Rep. Jesse Jackson treated for ‘mood disorder’

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is under intensive medical treatment for a “mood disorder,” his office announced in a brief statement Wednesday, more than a month after the Chicago Democrat quietly went on medical leave of absence.

The statement gave no details about where Jackson was being treated. Staff members said the statement was from Jackson’s physician but that the doctor’s name and location would not be released because of federal privacy laws.

“The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” the statement said. “He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Jackson’s office also noted that reports about Jackson being treated for “alcohol or substance abuse” weren’t true.

Jackson, 47, went on medical leave June 10, but his office did not disclose it publicly until weeks later.

Staff members initially released a short statement saying Jackson was being treated for exhaustion, but last week said his condition was worse than previously thought and required treatment at an inpatient facility. Staff also said Jackson has been privately battling emotional problems.

Jackson’s spokesmen did not return calls seeking more details on the statement Wednesday.

Pressure has been mounting on Jackson to disclose his whereabouts and exact medical condition.

A House Ethics Committee investigation is pending over allegations that Jackson discussed raising money for Rod Blagojevich’s campaign so the then-Illinois governor would appoint him to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. Blagojevich is serving a prison sentence for corruption. Jackson has denied those claims.

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