Amid depression treatment, Fetterman ‘well on his way to recovery,’ aide says

Sen. John Fetterman is “well on his way to recovery” according to his chief of staff.

Adam Jentleson shared photos of Fetterman Monday, saying he and the Senator were discussing legislation at Walter Reed.

“He’s laser focused on PA & will be back soon,” Jentleson tweeted.

Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in February for treatment of clinical depression.

In a statement, his camp said Fetterman has experienced depression throughout his life, and that it had only recently become severe.

Fetterman had a stroke days before last May’s primary election and spent the last five months on the campaign trail recovering.

He continued to experience the after-effects, in particular auditory processing disorder, which can render someone unable to speak fluidly and quickly process spoken conversation into meaning.

The week before entering the hospital for treatment of depression, Fetterman stayed two days in George Washington University after becoming lightheaded. Fetterman’s office said there was no evidence of a new stroke or a seizure.

Fetterman drew praise from several colleagues and medical professionals for being forthcoming about his mental health.

He could be in the hospital “for weeks” or until doctors are satisfied with his progress, one of Fetterman’s aides said. He is not expected to resign from the Senate.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.