Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman recently opened up about his battle with depression and the importance of seeking mental health treatment. In an interview with CNN, Fetterman revealed that he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in February for depression.
Fettermans Battle with Depression
According to Fetterman, his battle with depression began to worsen in the weeks leading up to his hospitalization. When he was admitted, he had severe symptoms of depression but no suicidal ideation, according to Dr. David Williamson, the neuropsychiatry chief and medical director at Walter Reed. During his stay, Fettermans depression was managed with medication therapies, and he eventually improved to the point of being discharged in late March.
The Importance of Seeking Treatment
Fetterman emphasized that mental health crises are a “human issue,” regardless of political party, and that encouraging people to seek treatment should be a national priority. He stated that one of his personal goals is to pay it forward and help others struggling with mental health issues.
Depression affects millions of Americans each year, and seeking treatment is crucial in managing symptoms and improving quality of life. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or any mental health issue, its important to seek help from a mental health professional. Resources such as the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (call 988) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (call 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741) are available for those in need of immediate support. SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources also provides additional resources and information.
Ending the Stigma Around Mental Health
Fetterman also stressed the need to end the stigma surrounding mental health and to prioritize mental health resources in society. He stated that seeking mental health treatment should be seen as no different than seeking treatment for a physical ailment, and that its time to break down the barriers preventing people from seeking help.
Fettermans willingness to speak out about his own mental health struggles is an important step in the fight to end the stigma around mental health and encourage others to seek treatment. By opening up about his own battle with depression, Fetterman is helping to raise awareness and reduce the shame and isolation that often accompanies mental health issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is John Fetterman?John Fetterman is an American politician who currently serves as the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. He was elected to the position in 2018 and re-elected in 2022.
What is depression?Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a persons ability to function at work and home.
What is Walter Reed National Military Medical Center?Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is a United States’ tri-service military medical center located in Bethesda, Maryland. It is one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical centers, and is also a training facility for military medical personnel.
What is suicidal ideation?Suicidal ideation refers to thoughts about or an unusual preoccupation with suicide. It can range from fleeting thoughts to more detailed plans and can be a symptom of a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. It is important to seek help if experiencing suicidal ideation.