(CHICAGO) -- The doctor for Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who has been missing from Congress on medical leave for the past month, finally issued a statement Wednesday evening, revealing that the seven-term congressman has been diagnosed and is being treated for a mood disorder, but did not disclose his current whereabouts.
“The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” his physician wrote in a statement released by Jackson’s office late Wednesday evening. “He is responding positively to treatment.”
The statement also emphasized that information regarding his treatment is “protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.” It did not disclose the name of the attending physician or the treatment center “in order to protect his continuing privacy.”
Jackson’s chief of staff, Rick Bryant, also went on the record Wednesday evening calling reports that Jackson was being treated for alcohol or substance abuse “not true.”
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