Democratic Sen. John Fetterman has been admitted to the hospital to “get treatment for clinical depression,” his chief of staff said Thursday.
Fetterman, 53-year-old freshman senator who suffered last year debilitating stroke On the campaign trail, he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland Wednesday night, Chief of Staff Adam Gentleson said in a statement.
“John has had depression many times in his life, but it has only gotten more serious in the last few weeks,” the statement said.
“On Monday, John was evaluated by Dr. Brian P. Monaghan, the chief physician of the United States Congress,” said the chief of staff. “Yesterday Dr. Monahan recommended inpatient treatment for Walter Reed. John has agreed and is voluntarily undergoing treatment.”
“After examining John, Walter Reed’s doctors told us that John was receiving the treatment he needed and that he would soon be back on track,” Gentleson said.
Fetterman is hospitalized Last week after feeling dizzy. His doctors determined he hadn’t had another stroke, his office said at the time.
His wife, Gisele Fetterman, tweeted in two tweets on Thursday afternoon, “Given what he’s been through over the past year, there’s probably no one more willing to talk about his health than John.” I am very proud that he sought help and received the care he needed.”
She asked for privacy during “difficult times for our family,” adding:
Fetterman missed the ballots at the Capitol on Wednesday night and Thursday, NBC News reported.
Fetterman said in June, “almost diedIt was held by now-retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey, shortly before winning his party’s nomination to run for the Senate in Pennsylvania after suffering a stroke in May.
The stroke kept Fetterman, then lieutenant governor, out of the campaign for months. When he returned to public life, Fetterman said he was suffering from lingering auditory processing and speech problems.
he had a hard time communicating a clear idea when he was unique discussion with Republican Opposition Dr. Mehmet Oz in October.
But Fetterman maintained his lead in the polls over former president-backed celebrity doctor and TV host Oz donald trumpeven while he was not in public.
his victory over oz In the midterm elections, it turned red seats into blue seats, helping Democrats maintain a narrow majority in the Senate.
Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said he was proud of his fellow Democrats “for publicly acknowledging his challenge to receive much-needed support and break the stigma of others.”
It is common for stroke survivors to experience depression, and its causes may be biochemical or psychological. American Stroke Association.
Fetterman was frustrated by his post-stroke health problems throughout the campaign, his staffer told NBC. NBC reported that he spends some time away from his family due to his duties in .
“Like John, millions of Americans struggle with depression every day. We look forward to his return to the Senate soon,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN. Y.) said in a tweet.
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/02/16/sen-john-fetterman-checks-into-hospital-for-clinical-depression-treatment-his-office-says.html Senator John Fetterman hospitalized for depression