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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Resigned From Congress

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has resigned from Congress amid mental health issues and a federal investigation into his political dealings. Jackson submitted a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in just the last few minutes.

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Jae A (316)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 12:03 pm
That's good to hear. Now if others with mental health issues would just admit to them and do the Bauchmann and about half or more of the GOP in Congress, just to mention a few.

JL A (281)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 12:42 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Jae because you have done so within the last week.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 1:16 pm
TY. Did not know of his problems.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 2:07 pm
Thanks Carrie. Seems this man has a lot of problems, he is getting help for the mental health, that will help him deal with all the other.

Thomas P (280)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 2:11 pm
Thanks. I hope he gets the help that he needs.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 4:03 pm
Thanks for the update.

John B (185)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 9:44 pm
Thanks Carrie for the post. I'm glad he is getting help for his illness and hopefully things will be better for him in the future. Read and noted.

P A (117)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 2:05 am
Thanks Carrie - I do hope that the Democrats do field ONE candidate - we don't want the Tea Party sneaking in! A shame Jackson is ill - tried to give Jae a star too but the computer wouldn't let me yet for his priceless comment!

Giana P (398)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 2:38 am
I guess he will retire to the funny farm...

Robert K (31)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 3:04 am
My wife is bipolar, but you would never know it. Either her and my friend who is also bipolar are getting better treatment or have very mild cases or JJ Jr has something else going on.

As to the funny farm comment, shame on you. That was disgusting.

Diane O (194)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 3:52 am
Before he retires to the "funny farm" like Al Sharpton he'll have to address his personal spending of campaign funds. Does being bipolar make someone take money that doesn't belong to them? I don't know much about bipolar people. I hardly think Jackson will be going to a funny farm for his apparent illness but I agree he needs to retire and face the charges against him. Al Sharpton isn't bipolar or at least I haven't read anything about that but he is a tax evader....what was it....he owes $1 million in back taxes?

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 4:46 am
We knew he was going to do it so why didn't he let the candidates who ran against them have a fair shot in the election?

Diane O (194)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 7:48 am
Excellent question, Gloria. Anyone have an answer for that?

. (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:07 am
Information from Mayo Clinic---check your symptoms!!!!!!

By Mayo Clinic staff

Bipolar disorder is divided into several subtypes. Each has a different pattern of symptoms. Types of bipolar disorder include:

Bipolar I disorder. Mood swings with bipolar I cause significant difficulty in your job, school or relationships. Manic episodes can be severe and dangerous. Bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II is less severe than bipolar I. You may have an elevated mood, irritability and some changes in your functioning, but generally you can carry on with your normal daily routine. Instead of full-blown mania, you have hypomania a less severe form of mania. In bipolar II, periods of depression typically last longer than periods of hypomania. Cyclothymic disorder. Cyclothymic disorder, also known as cyclothymia, is a mild form of bipolar disorder. With cyclothymia, hypomania and depression can be disruptive, but the highs and lows are not as severe as they are with other types of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder symptoms reflect a range of moods.
The exact symptoms of bipolar disorder vary from person to person. For some people, depression causes the most problems; for other people, manic symptoms are the main concern. Symptoms of depression and symptoms of mania or hypomania may also occur together. This is known as a mixed episode.

Manic phase of bipolar disorder
Signs and symptoms of the manic or hypomanic phase of bipolar disorder can include:

Euphoria Inflated self-esteem Poor judgment Rapid speech Racing thoughts Aggressive behavior Agitation or irritation Increased physical activity Risky behavior Spending sprees or unwise financial choices Increased drive to perform or achieve goals Increased sex drive Decreased need for sleep Easily distracted Careless or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol Frequent absences from work or school Delusions or a break from reality (psychosis) Poor performance at work or school Depressive phase of bipolar disorder
Signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder can include:

Sadness Hopelessness Suicidal thoughts or behavior Anxiety Guilt Sleep problems Low appetite or increased appetite Fatigue Loss of interest in activities once considered enjoyable Problems concentrating Irritability Chronic pain without a known cause Frequent absences from work or school Poor performance at work or school Other signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder
Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder can also include:

Seasonal changes in mood. As with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), some people with bipolar disorder have moods that change with the seasons. Some people become manic or hypomanic in the spring or summer and then become depressed in the fall or winter. For other people, this cycle is reversed they become depressed in the spring or summer and manic or hypomanic in the fall or winter. Rapid cycling bipolar disorder. Some people with bipolar disorder have rapid mood shifts. This is defined as having four or more mood swings within a single year. However, in some people mood shifts occur much more quickly, sometimes within just hours. Psychosis. Severe episodes of either mania or depression may result in psychosis, a detachment from reality. Symptoms of psychosis may include false but strongly held beliefs (delusions) and hearing or seeing things that aren't there (hallucinations). Symptoms in children and adolescents
Instead of clear-cut depression and mania or hypomania, the most prominent signs of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents can include explosive temper, rapid mood shifts, reckless behavior and aggression. In some cases, these shifts occur within hours or less for example, a child may have intense periods of giddiness and silliness, long bouts of crying and outbursts of explosive anger all in one day.

When to see a doctor
If you have any symptoms of depression or mania, see your doctor or mental health provider. Bipolar disorder doesn't get better on its own. Getting treatment from a mental health provider with experience in bipolar disorder can help you get your symptoms under control.

Many people with bipolar disorder don't get the treatment they need. Despite the mood extremes, people with bipolar disorder often don't recognize how much their emotional instability disrupts their lives and the lives of their loved ones. And if you're like some people with bipolar disorder, you may enjoy the feelings of euphoria and cycles of being more productive. However, this euphoria is always followed by an emotional crash that can leave you depressed, worn out and perhaps in financial, legal or relationship trouble.

If you're reluctant to seek treatment, confide in a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a faith leader or someone else you trust. They may be able to help you take the first steps to successful treatment.

If you have suicidal thoughts
Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common among people with bipolar disorder. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away. Here are some steps you can take:

Contact a family member or friend. Seek help from your doctor, a mental health provider or other health care professional. Call a suicide hot line number in the United States, you can reach the toll-free, 24-hour hot line of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to talk to a trained counselor. Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone in your faith community. When to get emergency help
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If you have a loved one who has harmed himself or herself, or is seriously considering doing so, make sure someone stays with that person. Take him or her to the hospital or call for emergency help.

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Bipolar disorders. The Merck Manuals: The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals. Accessed Nov. 2, 2011.
Mood disorders. In: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR. 4th ed. Arlington, Va.: American Psychiatric Association; 2000. Accessed Nov. 3, 2011.
Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Washington, D.C.: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Accessed Nov. 2, 2011.
Joska JA. Mood disorders. In: Hales RE, et al. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry. 5th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2008. Accessed Nov. 3, 2011.
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David C (129)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:27 am

. (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:35 am
What a guy. Pleads mental incompetence instead of being subjected to a costly hearing where he would have no doubt been found guilty. I'm sure his father is proud of him....

Diane O (194)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:39 am
Allan, it's the Chicago way....the rest of the story is that he used the funds to spend on his "girlfriend" outside the marriage. I guess bipolar is the cause of infidelity now. LOL, you just can't make this stuff up.

Tom Edgar (56)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 2:51 pm
I'm shocked at some of these entries. I have no time, or for that matter even knowledge of the man, but what is being said, especially from Dianne O would, in Australia, see you in court for defamation, even if you could prove your accusations. Oh! Some remarks may well be truthful, but it is outstanding that they contained no reference points for verification. He, of course, wouldn't be the first person to plead temporary insanity in mitigation for n offence. From memory Ronald Reagan didn't even do that, just kept on being President.

Diane O (194)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 3:07 pm
Tom, settle down. No crime has yet to be ruled on. We'll have to wait and see when Jesse Jackson is brought up on charges of using campaign funds for his own personal use. If he is convicted, just like in Australia, he'll have to pay the price. I didn't steal any campaign money so I'm safe. I don't break the law. Seems like you need to read more about this case. You are speaking from a position of no knowledge or you would know that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is in trouble for stealing money.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 3:46 pm
Tom, the only problem Diane O and a few others have is that Jackson is a democrat. If he were a republican they would be quite sympathetic to his bipolar disorder and forgive all alleged misdeeds as results of his illness.

Whatever Jackson did or didn't do, which will all come out, he deserves our compassion for suffering with a disease that is often overlooked for many years before being treated. Bipolar disorder can and often does cause erratic and impulsive behavior.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 5:26 pm
I'm with Carrie B!!!!!! Best of Luck to Mr. Jackson.!!!!

Tom Edgar (56)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 6:13 pm
Thank you for your acclamation Carrie.

Diane You missed the point totally. The laws in Australia for defamation and libel are more in alignment with the U K which are miles apart from the American. In your latest submission the last sentence alone could be reason for a defamation action here, if the charges had already been laid you would also be open for contempt of court for making pronouncements designed to influence legal proceedings. I make no apologies for either your, or my country's, difference in laws on defamation and libel, they are profound with both being designed for protection, yours for the (freedom) "Speech" and ours for (personal) "Protection" until; proven guilty by a court & not by "Common Knowledge". Oh and if you had wondered, and it appears not so, my original proffering said you could be charged for defamation here. EVEN IF YOU COULD PROVE YOUR ACCUSATIONS. That is covered by the hoary old. "The bigger the truth the greater the libel." That would never apply in the U S A, where it seems,that the Bigger the lie leads to more people willing to believe it.

Jesse Jackson jnr.. may well be in trouble for stealing, and you are right, I do not have any knowledge of that, respectfully I add, no more than do you. Your protestations of being honest and not stealing funds can only lead to the conclusion, You are NOT a Politician. Having just lost a son in law to mental illness. I would be reluctant to condemn a man without intimate knowledge of his medical history. The old adage still holds."When pointing the finger, three point straight back."

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:50 am
Noted, and thanks for bringing me up to date on Jesse Jackson Jr. I am in agreement with Tom and you Carrie. Sorry to hear of your son-in-law Tom, hope he gets the help he needs.
I do have knowledge of bipolar illness as my closest family member suffered from it for years, and although past age 74 still has problems with judgement, other symptoms have almost subsided. So you have to experience it before casting condemnations.

Diane O (194)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:13 pm
Jesse Jackson will soon be charged with spending campaign donations for his personal use...for his "girlfriend" outside the marriage and for his own personal use. The liberals can try to push the bipolar excuse out front but I personally believe that Jesse Jackson's angst is directly related to the charges against him. Is he bipolar? We only know what the biased left wing media force feeds us. Time will tell.

Roseann d (178)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:16 pm
Quote from Diane O. "Does being bipolar make someone take money that doesn't belong to them?"

I don't know Diane. You tell us, since you don't seem to want to pay your fair share in taxes and want to continue mooching off the rest of us.


Diane O (194)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:45 pm
Roseann, a person who steals money is a criminal. So, you tell me what you think about that. I'm a middle class American. I pay my taxes willingly and without regret. I'm a personal responsibility American. I never want to be a burden on society and making good choices throughout my lifetime assures me that I can take care of myself AND my children. A portion of my taxes goes to the poor in our country. I've never had a problem with that and never will.

I pay my fair share. Whatever Uncle Sam says I owe I pay it usually before April 15th.

Diane O (194)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:48 pm
Jesse Jackson, Jr. stole money from campaign funds. He spent it on his mistress and purchased things for himself. Are you saying he gets a pass because he is bipolar? How do we know he is really bipolar? The media is feeding us this information. We know how biased the media is in our country. So, personally, I don't think he deserves a pass because of a medical diagnosis. If he stole money he needs to pay it all back or be prosecuted just like any other American would have to do.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:59 pm
It's been reported that Jackson spent some time here in Tucson at one of the "health spas." I truly hope it did him some good. This man has gone for treatment and doesn't deserve the nasty comments. I'm sorry to see him go, and am not willing to "pile on" to this man's misery. Others in Congress have done much worse than what is being accused by Diano....mostly Republicans---remember David Vitter from LA?....and he continued to serve. How about John Ensign from NV? Gov. Mark Sanford? Gosh, I remember Wilber Mills frolicking about in the DC water with that hooker back in the 70's...

Diane O (194)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:02 pm
Lois, stealing money that doesn't belong to you is a crime. Period. This thread is about Jesse Jackson, Jr. First he stole the money. Then he has a health issue. President Bill Clinton lied under oath as a president and was impeached. Want to go there?

Diane O (194)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:03 pm
I'm not making nasty comments about Jesse Jackson. I'm simply pointing out the facts.

Carrie B (306)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:54 pm
And of course Diane O, you must certainly know all the facts, unlike the rest of us.

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:44 pm
Diane .. You are NOT making nasty comment re J J.???? I must be reading somebody else's mail.

You disregarded all of my responses and selectively and with extreme bias continue on with your diatribe of very unchristian rhetoric blackguarding a man, and his actions, accusing him of various actions without a scintilla of evidence nor attribution. Now that may be the American way of trial by acclamation, but thankfully in Australia it would not be tolerated.

During WW 2 we, at sea, had an ironic saying referring to the position of. once in lifeboats or on a raft., "Up you Jack I'm inboard." Now to my way of reading that is exactly how you see your comfortable middle class life.
Don't take too much comfort in the lifestyle and safeguards you think you are building for you and your family's future needs. You wouldn't be the first to find, as my friend, a manager for one of the biggest Insurance companies in the world said to me. "We'll sell you an umbrella now, but if it rains too heavily we'll demand it back." How many around the world have found their superannuation funds have suddenly disappeared?

Sadly, Australia copied, as usual, the failed and inefficient American system of allowing private for profit companies to run all these activities instead of having a central Government administered system with guaranteed outcomes, and where all the compulsory contributions would be used to finance, by way of loans from the system, other Government projects , which in turn would pay back with interest to the "Super" and Health funds.. Oh! I can hear the hoary old G O P roar against Governments not being allowed to operate in this "Socialist" manner. Well if you don't TRUST your Government or the Politicians to do the best thing for you why trust the Multi National Corporations. I Don't.

My son contracted cancer seven years ago. Over that period, as we live in the "Bush". His transport (200km) to the major Brisbane Hospital for a series of operations, chemotherapy, and other care , sometimes involving stays in motels for outpatient treatment, then in the final days of his life, he had superlative care in our local hospital's terminal ward. I was keeping night time vigil alongside his bed,. this led me to being taken from his bedside, flown by the "Flying Doctor" to the Brisbane Hospital, for open heart surgery, then after recuperation driven home in a hire vehicle.

In America I am fairly sure most people would have been financially ruined. All of this cost us NOTHING. I still own my own home, I had to borrow nothing.

I sincerely hope you never have to see this situation, but if you do I equally trust you will be lucky with your insurance. But I wouldn't bet on it.
Just because you are fortunate enough to be financially secure doesn't necessarily apply to the %49. Who I respectfully and sarcastically say are your brothers. Or as that Jesus fella I think would say if asked "Am I my brother's (or sister's) keeper?" You sure are buddy.

eared? How many Americans find that they can no longer get medical treatment because of the recalcitrance of Insurance Companies?

Robert K (31)
Friday November 23, 2012, 5:06 pm
Diane O said "Allan, that's the Chicago way...." Well, you're decades out of date. Ever since David Orr took over Chicago has had the cleanest elections in the coulnry. Amazing how stupid some supposedly educated people can be. But when you rely on conservatives for your reading you can count on never being right about anything of substance.

Robert K (31)
Friday November 23, 2012, 5:07 pm
er, country. (He said sheepishly) Oh, wait, sheepishly is how Republicans vote, isn't it? Or would that be sheeplike?

Carrie B (306)
Friday November 23, 2012, 5:53 pm
Tom, most of us in this country would have faced financial ruin if we had to face what you have faced. Unless of course, we were part of the lucky 2%.

Unfortunately there are too many like Diane O. in this country who care little about the suffering of others as long as they have want they want. They rationalize this self serving behavior by saying , "Well, I worked for it". Guess what? Most of us have worked hard all of our lives, but lost a great deal, if not everything when GW Bush was running this country into the ground.

Now that once again we have a chance, the republican party and their elitist followers are kicking, screaming, fighting, and accusing Obama and every democrat in office of any and everything. Just exactly what is the goal here Diane? Certainly not to make this country better for everyone because you have made it clear that is not what you want.

irene davis (74)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:52 pm
thank you!

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 1:58 pm
Well, Trish, we don't have a republican congress. What we have is a republican House of Representatives.

I feel bad for Jesse Jackson, too, because he has some serious criminal charges to face. I'm sorry he has been diagnosed with bipolar illness but he still has to face the criminal charges that he stole money from his campaign funds. A thief is not an honorable man.
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