Doctor says Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for ‘mood disorder’

Rachel Rose Hartman
The Ticket

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s doctor announced Wednesday that the Illinois Democrat has been absent from Congress in order to receive treatment for a mood disorder.

"The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," Jackson's physician said in a statement provided to Yahoo News via the congressman's congressional office. "He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery." The statement indicated that Jackson's attending physician and treatment center "will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy."

Jackson's chief of staff, Rick Bryant, added that "rumors" about Jackson receiving treatment for alcohol or substance abuse are false.

Andrea Mitchell reported on NBC "Nightly News" Wednesday night that friends say Jackson is currently in a rehab facility being treated for alcoholism and addiction.

Jackson's wife, Sandi Jackson, immediately denied the NBC report in a text to NBC Chicago.

Jackson faced increasing pressure this week to provide details about his leave of absence from Congress.