Pennsylvania John Fetterman has been admitted to a hospital to receive treatment for clinical depression.
The news comes after he suffered a stroke in May of last year. The senator’s health has been a cause for concern, and this recent development has only added to worries about his long-term well-being.
Experts suggest that there is a correlation between depression and strokes or heart attacks, both as a precursor and as an aftermath. Therefore, it is important for Senator Fetterman to receive the necessary treatment and care to ensure his mental and physical health.
Despite having previously shared his struggles with depression, Senator Fetterman’s recent stroke may have exacerbated his symptoms, according to mental health experts.
Clinical supervisor Tom Longenecker explains that the stress and effects of a stroke can worsen depression symptoms, such as fatigue, apathy, and lack of motivation.
As a public figure, Fetterman has the opportunity to use his platform as a senator to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage others to seek help.
What Tom Longenecker said about Senator Fetterman’s Clinical Depression?
Tom Longenecker, a clinical supervisor at Retreat Behavioral Health, acknowledged that Senator Fetterman is not alone in experiencing major depression in high-stress positions. However, he emphasized that Fetterman is part of a minority who have been public about advocating for their own mental health.
According to experts, Fetterman’s openness about his struggle with clinical depression will hopefully inspire others to seek the help they need.
“So many people [with mental health issues] are initiating and starting to get the help that is needed. And I would say anecdotally so many people that we work with, wish that they had done it sooner,” Longenecker explained.
Experts advise that finding relief from depression can take time, and it is important for those struggling with mental health issues to seek help from a mental health professional.
According to Longenecker, “Depression generally does not simply go away on its own. At least major depression does not simply fade away on its own. It requires intensive engagement, both using meds but alongside therapy and some other kinds of interventions.”
Mental health advocates stress the importance of addressing unseen mental health concerns, which are just as crucial as physical needs.
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