According to his office, Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman checked himself into a hospital in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night to be treated for severe depression, less than a week after checking out.
“Last night, Senator John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for clinical depression,” Adam Jentleson, Fetterman’s chief of staff, wrote Thursday in a statement, according to Fox News.
“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks.
“On Monday, John was evaluated by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. Yesterday, Dr. Monahan recommended inpatient care at Walter Reed. John agreed, and he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis.
“After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself.”
Fetterman was hospitalized for three days last week after feeling lightheaded, but he was released on Monday after doctors ruled out another stroke or seizure.
“Hey everyone. It’s great to be back in the Senate. Thank you all for the well wishes – looking forward to getting back to work today,” Fetterman wrote in a tweet earlier this week.
Senator Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, who also had a stroke last year, told Fox News that Fetterman has been considerably stronger since his initial stroke in May.
“I’ve been having conversations with Senator Fetterman from the very beginning. And even after he survived his stroke, he’s only gotten stronger and stronger. He has a lot of support here, and he’s gonna do very well,” Lujan said.
The senator continued: “I just hope people out there across the country also take a moment to understand the signs of a stroke.
“I unfortunately did not know that when I had my stroke. And learning what those signs are, it could save your life or the life of a loved one.”
Fetterman experienced a stroke while campaigning in May 2022, which produced auditory processing difficulties. Owing to his illness, the senator keeps a closed captioned tablet with him at all times, allowing him to converse with others while at work.
Fetterman was installed in the Senate after a close race with TV star Mehmet Oz, who was backed by former President Donald Trump in the 2022 midterm elections.
Fetterman has done limited interviews due to his mental condition, which became public while he was on the campaign trail.