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Rep. Jesse Jackson Being Treated For Bipolar Disorder

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the clinic announced Monday, ending months of mystery about the congressman's disappearance from Capitol Hill.

Jackson, 47, a Chicago Democrat and son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, abruptly left the Capitol in May, leaving his staff with little to say to colleagues and the public to explain his absence.

Frustration had grown over the summer, with even Democratic colleagues stepping out to say Jackson needed to explain his whereabouts.

The Mayo Clinic said Jackson is "responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength." The clinic also said Jackson is suffering from bipolar II depression, which affects a person's emotions, thoughts and motivation.

According to the clinic, the condition is considered less severe than other forms of bipolar depression.

Jackson's office had initially said the congressman was suffering from "exhaustion," which his father later said the family believed as well until his depression became more evident. His wife, Sandi, said this month that Jackson was "still very depressed" but denied there were any substance abuse issues.

Jackson is being investigated by a congressional ethics committee over overtures to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2008 for the Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.

Jackson has acknowledged making the overtures but has denied any wrongdoing or financial offers. Blagojevich was convicted of corruption and is currently serving a prison sentence.

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