Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Getty Images)
(USATODAY by Catalina Camia) Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for a "mood disorder," according to a statement released Wednesday evening by his doctor.
"The congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," read the statement, which was reported by Politico and CBS News "He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery."
Jackson's office did not provide the physician's name, citing privacy reasons.
The statement capped a day in which a growing chorus of Democrats said the Illinois congressman, who has been on medical leave since June 10, should disclose more information about his health.
"People get sick, and when people get sick, they miss work," said Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House. "Everybody in America understands that. But I think the family would be well advised to give his constituents as much information as is appropriate."
Jackson's office said last week that his condition is "more serious" than initially believed and will require long-term treatment. A Jackson spokesman had said the congressman was being treated for "exhaustion" and his medical leave was disclosed two weeks after it began.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat, said today that she expects Jackson to explain himself after he has had an evaluation of his medical condition.
"The timing ... is related not to my curiosity or anybody else's but to his health care needs," Pelosi said today, offering her prayers to his family and calling Jackson a "valued member of Congress."
Hoyer joins two of Jackson's Illinois colleagues -- Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez -- in calling on Jackson to be more forthcoming.
Gutierrez said it is part of Jackson's "responsibility" as a public official.
"I know that we want to say that we have private lives, and I do have a private life. I also have a public life," he said Tuesday. "I don't have this immunity of this shield of privacy -- because it's about my job."