Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), the son of the famous civil rights activist, is "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," his congressional office said in a statement Wednesday. Jackson took a medical leave from Congress in June, and hasn't been seen or heard from since, raising all sorts of questions about his health, location, and future in politics. Jackson's chief of staff denied widespread rumors that the congressman is in rehab for drug or alcohol addiction. The vague "mood disorder" diagnosis, from an unidentified doctor, did little to tamp down speculation, though. Several top Democrats have called on the Jackson family to release more information to the congressman's constituents.
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