jesse jackson jr.*Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr’s office put out word that his hospitalization is due to “mood disorder.”

Hmm, we don’t exactly know what that is, but it doesn’t sound too good. In fact, it sounds like they’re saying he’s got mental issues of some kind.

If that’s the case, wouldn’t that be a career-ender? Not necessarily reports the Chicago Tribune:

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.

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That ranges from depression and bi-polar 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.

NBC News reported the Democratic congressman from Illinois checked into a facility in Arizona to be treated for “severe clinical depression and a drinking problem.”