Senator Fetterman in hospital for clinical depression

by Jacob Fuller

U.S. Senator John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed Medical Center on Wednesday to receive treatment for severe clinical depression, his office said.

The 53-year-old Pennsylvania Democrat, who suffered a stroke last year, was evaluated by the attending physician for Congress on Monday, who recommended inpatient care, his chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, said in a statement on Thursday.

“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” Jentleson said. “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 had a stroke last year while campaigning for one of the key political swing state’s two U.S. Senate seats. He has suffered from severe auditory processing issues ever since the stroke and requires talk-to-text help while attempting to listen to others speak.

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