Senator John Fetterman is hospitalized for treatment for clinical depression

Senator John Fetterman is hospitalized for treatment for clinical depression

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By Cara Murez

health day reporter

FRIDAY, February 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Senator John Fetterman is being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for clinical depression.

“While John has suffered from off-and-on depression throughout his life, it has only gotten worse in the last few weeks,” Fetterman’s chief of staff Adam Jentleson said in a statement.

The Pennsylvania Democrat hospitalized himself Wednesday night, Jentleson added.

Fetterman survived a near-fatal stroke last year while campaigning for the Senate seat he now holds.

Just last week, the first-term senator was hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital after feeling light-headed during a Senate Democrat withdrawal.

At the time, Fetterman was in the stroke unit for two days, where he underwent various tests, including an MRI. He had not suffered another stroke.

On Monday, he was examined by the attending physician for the congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, who recommended inpatient treatment at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland.

“John has consented and is being treated on a voluntary basis,” Jentleson said.

The senator missed votes on Wednesday and Thursday nights, CNBC News reported.

Fetterman’s move to the Senate in January was complicated by his stroke recovery, the Times reported. He was previously Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

His wife, Gisele Fetterman, asked for privacy.

“After what he’s been through over the past year, there is probably no one who has been less keen to speak out about their own health than John,” Gisele Fetterman said in a statement. “I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs.”

It’s common for stroke survivors to experience depression, and the cause can be biochemical or psychological, according to the American Stroke Association.

Fetterman remained frustrated with his post-stroke health issues throughout the campaign. His communication difficulties have also affected his relationship with his family, as has his absence from them while he works in the Senate, CNBC News reported.

More information

The US National Institute of Mental Health has more on depression.

SOURCE: New York Times; CNBC News

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