Doctor on 'Mood Disorder', Patient's Privacy
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U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s disclosure that he is suffering from a 'mood disorder' still leaves many questions about his secretive medical leave. (July 12)


[SOT/](Dr. Elliot Gershon / Prof. of Psychiatry / University of Chicago Medical Center)"mood disorder usually refers to depression or less commonly to mania, to both severe and mild variants of that. A person, if they have severe depression, will be unusual to function in their usual life role.//the reason could need hospitalization is because they're unable to take care of themselves at home because they're so depressed that they need help just do their functions of daily living. Or that they have a risk of suicide.//i think that for any politician or anyone else who's ill a certain amount of privacy and confidentiality is needed even though they're in public life. The only thing that has to be done in every such case is if a person can't function, they have to be relieved of function until they feel better."(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: angie ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: yes ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: jackson leave of absence