Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Being Treated For “Mood Disorder”

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving intensive treatment for a “mood disorder” and is expected to make a full recovery, his doctor said on Wednesday, responding to mounting political pressure for more information on his condition.

Jackson, 47, has been on a month-long leave of absence from his job. Until Wednesday, the nature of the illness had not been disclosed.

Rumors that the veteran Democratic congressman from Illinois was being treated for alcohol or drug abuse are not true, his chief of staff Rick Bryant said in a statement.

“The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” Jackson’s office quoted his unnamed doctor as saying in the same statement.” He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.”

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