John Fetterman went to the hospital to get treatment for depression

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at John E. Fetterman, 82, of Fairfax, Maryland, July 21, 2003

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 to connect with a trained counselor or visit

Fetterman was evaluated Monday by a doctor, who on Wednesday recommended inpatient care, according to the statement. He is being treated on a voluntary basis.

The chief of staff for Fetterman announced that the doctors at Walter Reed had told them that John would soon be going back to himself.

“After what he’s been through, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John,” she said. “I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs.”

Fetterman was taken to the George Washington University hospital after he felt lightheaded. His office said that the test results showed there was no new stroke, and he was discharged two days later.

Senator Tina Cruz, D-Minn., Exhibiting Mental Health Care Access During a 2020 Floor Address of Senator Tom Kander’s Family

I was admitted to the hospital for depression in 2010. I would not be alive, let alone in congress, if it wasn’t for mental health care. “Millions of Americans are rooting for you, Senator.”

“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” chief of staff Adam Jentleson said in a statement.

He is facing issues related to hearing. Fetterman is accompanied by aides who use a mobile device to translate voice to text.

It is generally rare for sitting officials to acknowledge receiving treatment for mental health conditions. One relatively recent example, though, is Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., who shared her experience with depression in her 30s in a 2019 floor speech in support of legislation to expand mental health care access.

Kander quit the mayor’s race in Kansas City due to his problems with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ted Cruz and his wife, Christine, posted on social media, that they were lifting John up in prayer. The senator’s wife Heidi Cruz has spoken about her past battles with depression, and their teenage daughter has acknowledged experiencing mental health issues.

“I hope that Fertkman gets the care he needs, because mental illness is real and serious, and I want to see him get the help he needs,” Cruz said. “If you’re on one side of the political aisle, please respect his family’s request for privacy.”


The United States has the Most Depressive Epidemics of the Age: How to Treat It, How to Adapt to It, and How to Manage It

The United States has the most common depression in the world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 8% of U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2020.

Symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, an inability to focus, and recurring thoughts of death or suicide. But it’s a treatable condition, says Dr. Rebecca Brendel, president of the American Psychiatric Association.

She said there are many different treatments that range from medications to therapy and can also include changes to behavior and focus on nutrition.

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