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Mayo Clinic: Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for bipolar disorder

U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr. (D-Ill.). File photo

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.). File photo

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Updated: August 13, 2012 7:12PM

The Mayo Clinic said Monday that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is under treatment there for the condition.

Jackson has been hospitalized at the Rochester, Minn., center and absent from Congress since June 10.

He’s been suffering from massive depression and gastrointestinal issues, a likely complication from a risky weight-loss surgery known as a “duodenal switch.”

Jackson’s campaign recently alerted local officials and volunteers that the congressman does plan to seek re-election and hopes to resume campaigning soon.

The clinic issued this statement Monday:

“Following extensive evaluation, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is undergoing treatment for Bipolar II depression at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength.

“Many Americans have bipolar disorder. Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors. Congressman Jackson underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2004. This type of surgery is increasingly common in the US and can change how the body absorbs food, liquids, vitamins, nutrients and medications.

“Congressman Jackson has asked Mayo Clinic to distribute this information on his behalf. He and his family remain grateful for support and prayers offered and received on his behalf.”

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