Image

1:17 AM / Wednesday August 5, 2020

17 Aug 2012

Mayo Clinic: Jackson has bipolar depression

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
August 17, 2012 Category: Stateside Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Jesse Jackson Jr.

(AP photo)

 

By Sophia Tareen

Associated Press

 

CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday.

 

The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania. Hypomania is a less serious form of mania.

 

“Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength,” the clinic said in a statement.

 

Bipolar II is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is likely caused by a “complex set of genetic and environmental factors,” the clinic said. The statement also mentioned that Jackson underwent weight loss treatment in 2004. The clinic says weight loss surgery can change how the body absorbs foods and medications.

 

Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins declined to comment on the statement. A Jackson aide said last week that the congressman was expected back in the district within a matter of weeks.

Image

 

The announcement Monday was the most detailed to date about the congressman’s mysterious medical leave which began June 10. His office initially described his medical condition as exhaustion and weeks later a statement from the office called it a “mood disorder.”

 

It was only earlier this month that Jackson’s office said he was at the Rochester, Minn., clinic and being treated for depression, after a transfer from the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona.

 

Jackson, who first won office in 1995, is on the November ballot with two little-known candidates. He is widely expected to win re-election in the district that stretches south of Chicago and includes several suburbs.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Sun Report

Police agencies pulling out of Democratic convention

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email MILWAUKEE (AP) — More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to...

Entertainment

Toronto sets lineup, Regina King to debut Muhammad Ali film

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Actor-director Werner Herzog, left, and actress-director Regina King. The Toronto International...

Stateside

NAACP Kicks Off 111th Annual Convention with Arts, Culture & Entertainment Festival

August 3, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email Washington, D.C. – The NAACP will kick off its 111th Annual Convention on Monday,...

Commentary

A Millennial Voice: Vital Tonics

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email By Danaé Reid To the naked eye, Natalie Bustamante looks like your ordinary,...

Seniors

How self-determination is changing elderly and disability care in the age of COVID-19

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT The threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has...

Go With The-Flo

Cuba Gooding Jr. catches the Gov. Cuomo’s ire after being photographed with his mask down at charity event

July 31, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Photo: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff