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Mayo Clinic confirms Jackson has bipolar depression

Doctors confirm Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., is under treatment for Bipolar II depression at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Democratic lawmaker "is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," according a clinic statement released today.

The clinic says "Bipolar II disorder 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."

"Congressman Jackson underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2004," the statement continued.  "This type of surgery is increasingly common in the US and can change how the body absorbs food, liquids, vitamins, nutrients and medications. 

Jackson is on an extended leave of absence from Congress.  He's been out of the public eye since June 10 when family members said he collapsed at their Washington home. 

"He's under the best medical supervision," Jesse Jackson, Sr., told The Ed Show on August 2.  "He's resting to regain his strength. And the prayers of the many are appreciated by our family and him and his family very much."