Jesse Jackson has bipolar disorder.
Poor fellow, many conclude.
There you have it: the stigma of mental illness. Jesse Jackson Jr. has a mood disorder, there’s something wrong with him. Now he can’t be Senator, or Mayor, or President.
It is ironic: the son of Jesse Jackson Sr., himself an aide to Martin Luther King Jr, faces stigma about mental illness. Stigma is, after all, discrimination, like racism; perhaps worse: you can see skin color; you can’t see mental illness. If you fear what you don’t understand, then the fear of mental illness must be one of the deepest human fears.
Hence the discrimination - worse than racism in some ways.
The Mayo Clinic diagnosed Jackson with “type II” bipolar disorder, which means hypomanic episodes alternating with depressive episodes. In this kind of bipolar disorder, the manic symptoms are mild, but the depressive episodes predominate. Jackson is in good company.
Jesse Jackson Jr: Meet Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King had recurrent severe depression. (So did Mahatma Gandhi.) King made two suicide attempts when a preteen. As an adult, he was hospitalized medically once for “stress”, just as Jackson now has. At the end of his life, he was clearly severely depressed, and some of his aides tried to convince him to get psychiatric treatment.