(Update, June 20: Hawk is now seeking her 3rd depression treatment just 10 days after realease from 2nd; Morning News still not asking tough questions. [see below.])
Update, Aug. 11: Hawk is back on the job. Unfortunately, the News isn't digging deeper. More unfortunately, Jim Schuetze at the Observer hasn't done much digging yet.)
There are several problems with this reportage, all of which I'm going to unpack, in more detail than I have already done on Twitter on Friday.
That said, Google Ngram ... which only covers books scanned into Google Books, and not newspapers, magazines, etc., with a smoothing of "one," says "depression relapse" surpassed "addiction relapse" about 15 years ago. However, "drug relapse" is still far ahead. And one other phrase with "relapse" is double that. More on that in a minute. (Sum the two up, and they have a five-to-one edge over "depression relapse."
4. I also know, contra that news release, that "attention deficit disorder" is NOT mental illness and that one does not usually get "treatment" for it.
5. This would of course be true in general of a good journalistic practice. In the case at hand, given that at least some staff of the DA's office have been enablers of her in the past, and also apparently in the past month leading up to what may be an actual relapse, Dallas-area media had a positive duty to be thoroughly skeptical of that press release, and they all appeared to have failed. (Well, I haven't read the Observer yet; maybe it didn't fail.)
As for her office making this announcement? It's not really transparency, it's being backed into a corner. And, they can say the treatment is for depression, and due to HIPAA, Menninger won't say anything additional itself. (For those wondering, Menninger offers inpatient drug and alcohol treatment as part of inpatient psychological counseling and related services.)
And, if I'm barking up the right tree, or even close, no, this isn't being harsh on her as a person.
Finally, in all of this, there's more than a whiff, there's a stench, of income inequality. Even if it is just depression, inpatient hospitalization for depression is FAR beyond the reach of the average American's insurance. So is time off from a job that would be only unpaid — if allowed at all.
So, in the case of Hawk, is this time off unpaid? Paid? (That's not counting how often she's missed work.)
Dear Morning News: There's multiple stories for you to write, right there.