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Jesse L Jackson Jr: Bipolar Diagnosis

The Democratic Party representative for Illinois, Jesse L Jackson Jr. has been formally diagnosed with Bipolar disorder according to press reports. This story ends months of speculation, not only about the health of the Congressman, but also puts to rest the rumours surrounding his disappearance from the public eye.

Treatment to follow

Mr Jackson is currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, after being admitted there in the middle of June, where he was initially undergoing therapy for depression and a stomach complaint.

He has been diagnosed with a type of Bipolar Disorder known as “Bipolar 2” a form of the condition in which periods of depression are interspersed with an elevated mood, called Hypomania. Hypomanic episodes are less severe than the full blown episodes of mania that accompany some types of the disorder, but nonetheless are still distressing and need to be managed with the right therapy and medication.

Statement from the Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has released a statement which says that “Many Americans have Bipolar Disorder; Bipolar 2 Disorder is a treatable condition that affects the parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is mot likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors”.

It is not thought that the condition is related to forty seven year old Mr Jackson’s Bariatric Surgery which he underwent in 2004 to aid weight loss, although this does affect the way the body metabolises fats and absorbs water and vitamins. Part of his treatment will focus on making sure he maintains a nutritionally balanced diet plan to aid his recovery.

At the current moment it is understood that the treatment Mr Jackson is undergoing has so far been very successful, though there were no details of when his period of recuperation would end, or a date for his return to work.

However, it is still hoped that Mr Jackson will be able to stand for re-election in November of this year as part of the Democrat Party’s bid to get Barack Obama back for a second term in office. A full report on the story can be read here.

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