Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman released from hospital after six-week treatment for depression
· Apr 1, 2023 ·

Senator John Fetterman was finally discharged from Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Friday after a month and a half of inpatient treatment for a bout of depression:

Mr. Fetterman is set to return to the Senate on April 17, after a two-week holiday recess, according to his spokesman, who said that the senator planned to spend the time until then in Pennsylvania with his family and constituents. His office said that Dr. David Williamson, the neuropsychiatry chief and medical director at Walter Reed, had determined that Mr. Fetterman's depression was now in remission.

The senator reportedly spent the past six weeks undergoing talk therapy as well as medication treatment. Depression "is treatable, and treatment works," the senator said in a statement.

He told CBS News in an upcoming interview that his current severe bout with the condition began shortly after his Senate race. "I had stopped leaving my bed," he told the network. "I had stopped eating. I was dropping weight. I had stopped engaging some of the most — things that I love in my life."

The spiral led to what his office said was "severe symptoms of depression with low energy and motivation, minimal speech, poor sleep, slowed thinking, slowed movement, feelings of guilt and worthlessness."

In an acknowledgment of the flowers in the gardens where he reportedly took many therapeutic walks, on his departure Fetterman reportedly offered hospital staff "a bouquet of tulips."

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