Finally we get some perspective about what’s going on with this guy
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is in a “deep” depression and has “a lot of work” ahead of him on the road to recovery, former Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Thursday after visiting the hospitalized Chicago Democrat.
Jackson has been on a secretive medical leave since June 10, when family members said he collapsed at their home in Washington. He is currently being treated for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But neither his office nor family members have said much about his medical condition.
The visit from Kennedy — who has suffered with bipolar disorder and been treated at Mayo — gave one of the first outside glimpses of Jackson’s health.
“I don’t think people understand the depth of his depression. It’s deep. He has a lot of work to continue to do to be able to learn how to treat this illness in the most effective way possible,” Kennedy told The Associated Press. “Depression is a serious thing, and I’m glad that he’s taking it seriously.”
Kennedy also suggested Jackson had an initial reluctance to receive help for his illness.
The congressman’s wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, issued a statement through spokesman Kevin Lampe about Kennedy’s visit: “My husband is grateful for his friendship. He and Jesse have a long history in Congress together.”
Patrick says he can relate to Jackson’s woes because of the type of family he was raised in…
Kennedy, who served with Jackson on the House Appropriations Committee, left Congress last year. He has been an outspoken advocate for mental health and spoken publicly about his own struggles.
He’s said he and Jackson have similarities: They both come from famous families and have suffered from the same disorder.
“It was clear we both had the same feelings of dejection and self-doubt and being in a situation where we thought we had let people down and let ourselves down,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to take him some time to heal.”
Keep it together Jesse, life is good according to Nas.
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