August 14, 2013 9:40 PM
CBS) – Bipolar disorder has been blamed for much of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s downfall, and experts agree, in the African American community, it often goes undiagnosed. CBS 2′s Pamela Jones explains.
Rev. Jesse Jackson said he just couldn’t see mental illness in his son, Jesse Jackson Jr.
The former congressman is now preparing to serve prison time more than a year after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
It’s an illness marked by mood swings – phases of euphoria and often depression.
The younger Jackson spent six weeks last summer at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
“He was the only African American person there which means that people who have it have no capacity to get diagnosis,” said Jesse Jackson Sr.
Advocacy group Mental Health America agrees, saying most African-Americans with bipolar disorder go undiagnosed and untreated.