Washington (CNN) – Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s office issued the following statement Wednesday evening, saying it came from his doctor's office as top Democrats have found themselves split as to whether Jackson should reveal the details behind his mysterious leave of absence from Congress:
"Information regarding the Congressman's treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ('HIPPA'). The name of the attending physician and treatment center will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy."
Jackson's office said his physician added, "The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery."
The Illinois Democrat's office added that "the rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse is not true."
– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deidre Walsh contributed to this report
Mood swings – sounds bipolar to me! All in all, I hope he recovers.
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Did I miss something here? First they say the HIPPA law wont allow them to comment on his case, but then in the same breath they say he is being treated for a mood disorder and responding well to meds. Um??? I DO believe the HIPPA law means they cant comment on ANYTHING! PERIOD! BAD doctor there!
OK , take it easy and cool out.
An illness , is an illness !
Good Luck to you !
This guy is nothing like his dad
No matter who you are or what party you are in, if you are unable to do your job representing the people whom you reoresebt – you should resign, and let the people actually have a voice
Alcohol and/or drugs WILL cause mood disorder...
i think that this is just PC speak for DRUG ADDICT!!!
If my father was Jesse Jackson I'd have mood problems too.
What a loser, step aside Mr. Jackson. If you can't act like a normal adult, and be honest with your bosses (us), then what else are you hiding? Good bye.
That is a new one. hope it is not a cover for some bigger problem he has.
This is really not our business. The Dems always ask more of their people than the GOP. David Vitter frequents a prostitute and remains in office . . . Anthony Weiner tweets a pic of his package to a horny constiuent and is forced to resign.
Jesse Jackson`s health is his own business.
My 13 year old daughter is going thru the same thing, only she didn't try to buy a senatorial seat
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If it gets him better to serve his constituents better, then it shouldn't be bad. We should have our represenatives at their best.
I imagine his 'mood disorder' probably arises when his blood alcohol level is either too low or too high, hahaha
Today's world is stressful and we're all subject to emotional peaks and valleys. I would hope we are still decent humans capable of allowing Rep. Jackson and family time to heal.
I read the headline "Dem treated for mood disorder" and I thought it could be any number of prominent Democrats.
It's HIPAA, and only the patient is allowed to receive information (unless they sign a release of information form) - or they can designate someone else to receive info and/or make decisions on their behalf (a health care proxy)... (As is from my understanding of HIPAA...)
Mood disorders can affect anyone. I am glad that he is getting treatment. There is no shame in seeking medical help.
He is under investigation by the ethics guys.... Who would have thunk.
I wish congressman Jackson the best. I hope, and pray 4 him and his family.
Just another wacky liberal. Nice role model, Jesse.
He's trying to follow in the foot steps of his father. He's got the insanity down. Now he just has to start making money on being a racist radical.
So, nobody knows anything. Big deal. Sooner or later whatever is bothering Junior will come to light. There's no hurry. If his office has nothing constructive to say maybe the whole thing will just blow over. Right now this story is a column filler.