Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) has checked himself into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to receive inpatient care for clinical depression.
According to a statement from his office, the 53-year-old freshman senator experienced severe depression in recent weeks and decided to seek medical attention. His chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, said that Fetterman's health is a priority and he will remain hospitalized until he is feeling better.
This hospitalization comes just over a month after Fetterman suffered a stroke on the campaign trail last year. He was admitted to the hospital at that time but released two days later after undergoing tests and being cleared by doctors.
Clinical depression is a serious mental health condition that can have lasting effects if left untreated. It affects how people think, feel, and act and can lead to difficulty functioning in everyday life. Symptoms include changes in appetite or weight, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, loss of energy or fatigue, difficulty concentrating, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide.