(WatchDogReport.org) – In May 2022, while running for a seat in the Upper Chamber, now-Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) suffered a stroke. He recovered and went on to win his senatorial race in Pennsylvania. On February 8, he had another scare. After feeling lightheaded, Fetterman headed to the hospital for some medical care. His communications director revealed the next day that the results of the lawmaker’s tests showed he had not had a new stroke. He stayed in the hospital for a short time and seemed “in good spirits.”
A little over a week later, on February 16, NBC reported the Pennsylvania senator sought help for depression, which he has reportedly experienced intermittently throughout his life. His doctor recommended inpatient care, so Fetterman “checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center” for treatment. The news source stated a close aide of Fetterman’s said the lawmaker would probably stay in the hospital for a “few weeks” while doctors sort out the proper medications and dosage to help him.
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday night, Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., "checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for clinical depression," his chief of staff Adam Jentleson said.
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) February 16, 2023
The senator’s wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, shared the announcement on Twitter, stating how proud she was of her husband for seeking the help he needs.
After what he’s been through in the past year, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John. I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs. pic.twitter.com/SfuwWTSUcG
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) February 16, 2023
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) commended his colleague, saying he was glad Fetterman was getting help and he looked forward to his return. Reuters reported Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) has struggled with depression in the past. She said her colleague is setting a good example for all who struggle with the affliction.
According to Massachusetts General Hospital neurologist Dr. Lee Schwamm, suffering from depression after having a stroke isn’t uncommon. The doctor noted that up to one-third of patients experience that effect. The American Stroke Association explained the problem is often due to biochemical changes in the brain. It’s unclear whether Fetterman’s depression is stroke related. Either way, he is getting the help he needs and receiving much praise from his fellow politicians for taking care of himself.
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