John Fetterman left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after six weeks of inpatient treatment for clinical depression and plans to return to the Senate when the session resumes in mid-April, he said. The office said Friday.
In a statement, Fetterman’s office said he had returned to western Braddock. pennsylvania, his depression is in “remission,” and detailed his treatment. This includes having depression treated with medication and wearing hearing aids for hearing loss.
This was the latest medical episode for the Democrat, who won last fall’s most expensive Senate election and continues to recover after suffering a stroke he said was dying.
Fetterman, who has a wife and three school-aged children, said he was happy to be home.
“I’m thrilled to be the father and husband I want to be, the person I deserve to be in the Pennsylvania Senate. The Pennsylvanians have always had my back, and I will always have their back.” “I am very grateful to the wonderful team at Walter Reed. The care they provided changed my life.”
Fetterman, 53, is scheduled to return to the Senate the week of April 17.
Fetterman checked in with Walter Reed on February 15. Fetterman had been withdrawn for weeks, had no interest in eating, and discussed work and the usual jokes with staff.
In an interview aired on CBS Sunday Morning, Fetterman said his symptoms intensified after winning the November election.
“The whole thing about depression is that you could have won objectively. was the beginning of a downward spiral.”
“I stopped getting out of bed, I stopped eating, I lost weight, I stopped doing the things I love most in life,” he said.
At the time, Fetterman had only been in Washington for a month and was still recovering from a stroke last May that left him with auditory processing problems and a pacemaker. Doctors say post-stroke depression is common and treatable with medication and talk therapy.
Fettermann’s return would be welcome news Democratic Party I’ve had trouble finding votes for some nominations, especially since he’s not in the Senate.
Fetterman’s office also released details of his treatment under medical experts led by neuropsychiatrist Dr. David Williamson.
When he was hospitalized, Fetterman said, “I had symptoms of severe depression with low energy and motivation, minimal speech, poor sleep, sluggish thinking, slow movement, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness. There were no suicidal thoughts,” the statement attributed to Williamson said.
Symptoms had steadily worsened over the past eight weeks, and Fetterman stopped eating and drinking. It caused low blood pressure, the statement said.
“His depression, now cleared, could have been a barrier to engagement,” it said.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/31/senator-john-fetterman-leaves-hospital Senator John Fetterman leaves hospital with depression ‘in remission’.US Senate