Psychologist: ‘Mood disorder’ does not have to end a political career
By ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter email@example.com July 11, 2012 9:46PM
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Updated: August 14, 2012 6:14AM
A mood disorder, such as Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is said to be suffering from, is not necessarily a career-ender for a congressman, said a chief psychologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
“There have been a number of people active in politics — Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln — who had mood disorders but were quite effective in their positions,” Mark Reinecke said.
“Mood disorder is a broad umbrella term that encompasses a range of conditions,” he said.
That ranges from depression and bipolar disorder to disorders related to medical condition involving the thyroid or adrenal glands; post-partum depression or substance-induced mood disorders.
Addictions to alcohol, drugs or sex would not be considered mood disorders, Reinecke said. “More often than not they are treatable,” he said. “A combination of medicine and evidence-based psychotherapies offer the most rapid and longest-lasting improvements.”
Jackson’s office put out a statement Wednesday night saying Jackson has been in a facility where he is being treated for mood disorder for the last month.
While his office said he was not suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, NBC News reported the facility he checked into in Arizona is treating him for “severe clinical depression and a drinking problem.”