David Wu Explains Mental Health Issues

Well, to this article, all I can say is there are more than one lowly politician who suffers from mental illness. 

The first that come to mine are Scott Walker, John Boehner, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Pete Sessions, etc.  Personally, I think they all need some much needed psychiatric help!

Huffington Post

An Oregon congressman whose erratic behavior has recently prompted calls for his resignation said Sunday that some of his actions could be attributed to a reaction to mental health drugs.

U.S. Rep. David Wu, a Democrat, told The Associated Press, however, that it does not explain the behavior documented in reports over the last month, which included sending his staff photos of himself wearing a tiger costume.

Wu said he was hospitalized after his 2008 campaign for symptoms that were later diagnosed as a reaction to common mental health drugs. A spokesman, Erik Dorey, identified them as the sleep-aid drug Ambien and a generic form of Valium, which he said Wu used for anxiety and stress.

Wu said that as a result, he felt dizzy and confused on Election Day that year, when his staff and family reportedly were unable to locate him.

“It came up that afternoon, and it knocked me off my can,” Wu said, referring to the symptoms.

The AP interview in his Portland office was the most detailed public account yet of Wu’s psychiatric treatment since reports of his erratic behavior first surfaced last month. Six staff members quit after his 2010 re-election campaign during which the congressman gave angry speeches and talked his way inside the secure portion of Portland International Airport.

The congressman said last year’s episodes were the culmination of a period of mental health challenges that began in 2008 as marital issues led toward his separation from his wife.

He declined to detail the problems in his marriage but said they had nothing to do with his health.

In 2008, Wu was prescribed mental health drugs that he described as “very common.” Wu said he reacted to an enzyme in the drugs, and that after the election he was hospitalized for two days.   More…