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Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. at Mayo Clinic

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CHICAGO (AP) -- An expert in psychiatric care says Jesse Jackson Jr.'s transfer to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota could indicate a complicating physical illness arose during the Illinois congressman's treatment for depression.

Jackson has been on a secretive leave of absence for nearly seven weeks. His office has said he was being treated for depression at an undisclosed location.

On Friday, the Mayo Clinic distributed a statement from the congressman that said he had been transferred there for "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues." The clinic would not release more information Saturday.

John Anderson is with the Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology in Minnesota. He says people receiving psychiatric care are often transferred to the Mayo Clinic when a physical illness develops because both can be treated there.

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