Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times has learned that Jesse Jackson Jr. is at the Mayo Clinic. He is being treated for depression believed to be brought on by weight loss and surgery (duodenal bypass surgery) from a couple of years ago.
Sneed reported exclusively Friday night that Jackson, who was being treated in Tucson for a “mood disorder” since early June, was transported by private plane to the famed clinic in Rochester, Minn., late Wednesday night.
Sneed is also told the congressman was accompanied by his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, who had told close friends her husband’s duodenal bypass surgery for weight loss years ago might be the source of his mental problems. His staff initially said he was being treated for exhaustion.
“The plan was for Jesse to receive treatment in Tucson and then go back to work,” said a source. “But after weeks of treatment in Tucson, it was felt maybe his mental condition had been aggravated or caused by effects of the stomach surgery.”
I don’t take pleasure from the suffering of others. And depression is a serious issue that affects many people. So I hope he gets better. And maybe his high profile case will alert others to the fact that they may need medical attention too.
I also hope that Democrats like him are voted out in droves come November.