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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Home After Being Treated for Bipolar Disorder at Mayo Clinic


"Let's hope he returns to work on Monday."


Jesse Jackson Jr. depression treatment

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is home after undergoing extended treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic, his chief of staff said Friday.

"He's at home in Washington convalescing with his wife and children," aide Rick Bryant told the Associated Press. "Let's hope he returns to work on Monday."

Bryant said he wasn't sure when exactly Jackson was discharged. A statement from Jackson's wife said she and her husband were "thankful for the heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts from so many for our family."

Jackson took medical leave from Congress in June for a then-undisclosed reason. A statement from the Mayo Clinic in July revealed he was undergoing treatment for depression, later amended to be Bipolar II, a disorder involving periodic bouts of depression and hypomania. Hypomania is a less serious form of mania.

The timing of his leave drew scrutiny, as Jackson is currently the focus of a congressional investigation over allegations he offered to raise campaign cash for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for being appointed to Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Jackson has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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