Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. diagnosed with bipolar disorder - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

After the Congressman took a prolonged and unexplained leave of absence, doctors from the Mayo Clinic have stated that Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for bipolar disorder.

Family members say Jackson collapsed at their Washington home on June 10. Since then he's been out of the public eye and on an extended leave of absence from Congress.

A statement from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says Jackson has undergone an evaluation and is responding well to treatment. Bipolar II disorder is very treatable and affects the parts of the brain that control emotion, thought, and drive. It is believed to be caused by genetic and environmental factors.

Jackson's spokesman had no comment.

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