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Jesse Jackson Jr. Being Treated for Bipolar Depression

August 13, 2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for bipolar II depression, the hospital announced Monday.

"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," the hospital said, via a news release.

Jackson, a Democrat from Illinois, asked the hospital to release the information about his health.

"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. ... He and his family remain grateful for support and prayers offered and received on his behalf," the clinic said.

Jackson began medical leave on June 10. No timeline has been established for further updates on the congressman's health, the hospital said.

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