ABC NEWS: Stress of Life in the Public Eye Might Have Fueled Jackson’s Mood Disorder, Doctors Say

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Source: Carrie Gann / ABC News

The medical condition keeping Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. out of Congress for the past month was finally revealed and not revealed at the same time: a mood disorder, a condition that can be anything from major depression to bipolar disorder.

Whatever his condition, doctors say the stresses of Jackson’s life and career likely played a role in triggering this episode. His case also serves as a reminder that anyone can struggle with mental health.

The Illinois congressman’s office Wednesday released a statement that Jackson 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 statement also denied rumors that Jackson is being treated for alcohol or substance abuse.

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