Jesse Jackson Jr., who has a law degree but never bothered with the bar exam, has been released from the Mayo Clinic, reports POLITICO. His diagnosis is bipolar.
Now, like Patrick Kennedy, he has an opportunity to move into the front lines of advocates for mental illness. Kennedy made it his mission when in Congress to get insurance companies to reimburse mental illness treatment just as they do diseases like diabetes or cancer.
What those with mental illness know is that it tends to be a chronic disease. A bout of depression can predispose someone to more of the same in the future. The challenge is how to prevent those. Jackson will be struggling to do just that for the rest of his life. His example, whether he decides to be a role model or not, will be observed and discussed.
The good news on the mental health front is that Kennedy has gone on to marry and now has a stepchild. He visited Jackson at the Mayo Clinic. Ideally, the two can join together on behalf of all of us who have been struck down by what might be wiring that gets frayed by life's stresses.