Jackson receiving treatment for ‘mood disorder,’ his office says
July 11th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Jackson receiving treatment for ‘mood disorder,’ his office says

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

Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. T'sah From Virginia

    Mood swings – sounds bipolar to me! All in all, I hope he recovers.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    July 11, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. kimberly

    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!

    July 11, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Thomas

    OK , take it easy and cool out.

    An illness , is an illness !

    Good Luck to you !

    July 11, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. charles Gannon

    This guy is nothing like his dad

    July 11, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Anna

    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

    July 11, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Bill in CA.

    Alcohol and/or drugs WILL cause mood disorder...

    July 11, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. mark shiro

    i think that this is just PC speak for DRUG ADDICT!!!

    July 11, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Mike500

    If my father was Jesse Jackson I'd have mood problems too.

    July 11, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. joe.smatt@gmail.com

    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.

    July 11, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. sonnie3

    That is a new one. hope it is not a cover for some bigger problem he has.

    July 11, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. A Kickin` Donkey

    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.

    July 11, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. rudy

    My 13 year old daughter is going thru the same thing, only she didn't try to buy a senatorial seat

    July 11, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. joedlake

    Get a Mood Ring. Joe Lake, Chicago

    July 11, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If it gets him better to serve his constituents better, then it shouldn't be bad. We should have our represenatives at their best.

    July 11, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. Ahaha

    I imagine his 'mood disorder' probably arises when his blood alcohol level is either too low or too high, hahaha

    July 11, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Larry L

    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.

    July 11, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. Uses truth

    I read the headline "Dem treated for mood disorder" and I thought it could be any number of prominent Democrats.

    July 11, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. Me

    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...)

    July 12, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. Hawk

    Mood disorders can affect anyone. I am glad that he is getting treatment. There is no shame in seeking medical help.

    July 12, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  20. Triple A

    He is under investigation by the ethics guys.... Who would have thunk.

    July 12, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  21. James C. Peacock

    I wish congressman Jackson the best. I hope, and pray 4 him and his family.

    July 12, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  22. Gabbo

    Just another wacky liberal. Nice role model, Jesse.

    July 12, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  23. hadeenuff

    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.

    July 12, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  24. larry5

    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.

    July 12, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |