Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic after depression treatment

The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the Illinois Congressman is back in Washington after receiving treatment for depression at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The son of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson went on secret medical leave in June, and began treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo after being transferred from the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona.
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The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the Illinois Congressman is back in Washington after receiving treatment for depression at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The son of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson went on secret medical leave in June, and began treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo after being transferred from the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona.

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