Democrat Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., Chicago, slipped out of the public eye June 10, and his associates and family have since given various medical accounts of his mysterious absence from work.
At first came word that Jackson was exhausted and depressed and had checked out for a while to rest. Then there were rumors that he entered alcohol and drug rehab.
His spokespersons pushed back on rehab, claiming Jackson was suffering from a depression and consequences of an earlier surgery for weight loss.
However, after Jackson was reported to be in a psychiatric ward at the Mayo Clinic, reports of a severe “mood disorder” took hold.
Monday, more was learned about Jackson’s mood disorder. It seems the U.S. Congressman has bipolar disorder, according to the Washington Post. At least that's the latest condition to hit the airwaves and printing presses.
Monday, the Mayo Clinic released a statement saying the Democrat “underwent an extensive evaluation” and is responding well to treatment for the disorder at the facility in Rochester, Minn. The statement says Jackson continues to regain strength.
Although Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins declined to speak Monday, rumors have swirled that Jackson is considering rejoining his campaign soon. Meanwhile, his constituents are waiting patiently for Jackson to return to work in his district.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Bipolar II disorder is “treatable” but did not expand on whether or not the condition is curable in the congressman’s case. The disorder disrupts parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.
How the mental disorder would affect a U.S. congressman, with the stress from the power and responsibilities of that high office, remains to be seen.
Jackson has not been seen or heard from since June 10 when family members said he collapsed at their Washington home. He remains on leave of absence from Congress