Under increasing pressure from top Democrats to disclose what’s kept Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. off the job for more than a month, the congressman’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying he is being treated for a “mood disorder” at an inpatient center.
Even as Jackson’s camp tried to tamp down widespread speculation — denying chatter that Jackson was being treated for alcohol or drug abuse — an array of questions was left unanswered. It remains unclear what specific psychiatric problem Jackson is being treated for, where he’s being treated and when he’ll get out.
In keeping with the secrecy that has surrounded Jackson since his medical leave from Congress was announced, the office’s statement came from a doctor who went unnamed, citing health privacy reasons.
“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,” read the statement from the anonymous doctor.