Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son is “Responding” to Depression Treatment
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who took medical leave from his job in mid-June, was transferred from an undisclosed treatment facility in Chicago to the Mayo Clinic for ”extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues,” according to a statement.
Initially, the statement released from the Congressman’s office said Jackson was suffering from a “mood disorder”, but a statement released later by Congressman Jackson’s office revealed that his condition was more serious than originally thought.
The last statement on Jackson’s condition was distributed by the Mayo Clinic late Friday evening on July 27th, while the public’s attention was largely fixed on the Olympics.
When asked whether his son is close to a congressional return, the elder Jackson told the Chicago Tribune that “it’s not the kind of health challenge that you can put on a timetable, but he is responding as he seeks to regain his strength.”
“He has the best treatment and he is responding,” Rev. Jackson said.
Jackson added that he and his wife did not discuss politics with their son, “My concern has been his health and regaining his strength. That’s my primary focus. I’m sure that at the appropriate time you’ll hear from the doctors there. I didn’t delve into medical things frankly.”
Kulture Kritic recently reported that Jesse Jackson Jr.’s name will remain on the ballot for re-election. There is still no word, however, on when Jackson will be prepared to hit the campaign trail again.
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