Following weeks in the hospital being treated for clinical depression, Senator John Fetterman has finally broken his silence on his whereabouts and immediate plans for the future.
Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) was discharged from the hospital Friday evening.
Now, Fetterman will return home to Pennsylvania to continue his recovery. He will return to work on April 17, when the Senate returns from recess. In February, Fetterman checked himself into a mental health facility at Walter Reed to be treated for clinical depression.
On Twitter after being discharged from the hospital, Fetterman posted: “I am so happy to be home. I’m excited to be the father and husband I want to be, and the senator Pennsylvania deserves. Pennsylvanians have always had my back, and I will always have theirs.”
He added: “I am extremely grateful to the incredible team at Walter Reed. The care they provided changed my life. I will have more to say about this soon, but for now I want everyone to know that depression is treatable, and treatment works.”
Dr. David Williamson, chief of neuropsychiatry and medical director at Walter Reed Hospital, said Fetterman was admitted to the hospital on February 15 with severe depression symptoms, including low energy and motivation, poor speech, poor sleep, slowed thinking, slowed movement, guilt, and worthlessness. There was no evidence that Fetterman had suicidal thoughts. Nevertheless, Fetterman’s symptoms had progressively worsened over the course of eight weeks; he stopped eating and drinking, causing low blood pressure and possibly impairing brain blood flow.
Doctors from Walter Reed’s Neuropsychiatry Unit, Cardiology and Neurology departments examined his medical records and conducted additional tests. His brain activity was stable, and there was no evidence of a new stroke. He also had a healthy heart with no clots. Poor hydration and weight loss contributed to Fetterman’s low blood pressure. His depression was treated with medication therapy while his cardiology team adjusted his medications.
According to the statement, Fetterman’s mood steadily improved over the following weeks. Aside from sleeping better, eating well, and staying hydrated, he seemed happier and more motivated, and his attitude and engagement with others also improved. His depression went into remission as a result of the treatment, according to the report, which also stated that Fetterman committed to long-term depression treatment.
In addition, the doctors evaluated his auditory processing abilities, which were impacted by his stroke last year. He was fitted for hearing aids and worked with speech therapists. According to the report, Fetterman’s depression limited his ability to speak to his doctors, but he may have been able to speak better after he had improved in his condition. According to Williamson, with continued therapy, Fetterman’s speech should continue to improve.
The release of John Fetterman from the hospital is sure to leave many people wondering about his political future. He has spent over a month in the hospital after just serving a couple of weeks in his new role as a U.S. Senator, which goes to show that he is unable to fully do the job he was elected to do. The best thing for Fetterman to do right now is swallow his pride and resign so that a fully-capable candidate can step in and actually put in the work for the people of Pennsylvania.