Sen. John Fetterman has opened up about his ongoing battles with depression and has made a stunning admission in the process.

During an interview with The New York Times, the Pennsylvania Democrat admitted that he doesn’t “even like” himself.

The freshman senator spoke about his first six months in the chamber and his mental health struggles following a stroke in May 2022, though he added that people seem to find him interesting.

“I don’t even like me. That’s the truth,” he told the Times after the reporter said that people find him fascinating, adding that “doesn’t make any sense” to him.

The Democrat explained to the Times that his depression is a “burden” as well as a “privilege” to him.

“It’s also an opportunity to be very bipartisan. Red or blue, if you have depression, get help, please. Don’t ever, ever, ever harm yourself. Do not leave behind a blueprint of that,” he told the paper.

Earlier this week, Fetterman was seen answering questions from people in the hallways of Congress using a tablet equipped with voice-to-text dictation. The outlet mentioned that Fetterman had recently adopted the use of a tablet that can transcribe spoken words into text.

Fetterman was released from Walter Reed Medical Center in late March following weeks-long treatment for clinical depression after checking himself into the facility earlier this year on the recommendation of the congressional physician.

Fetterman’s office issued a press release stating that he is in remission after receiving treatment for depression and had briefly returned to Braddock, Pennsylvania, Fox News reported.

“I am so happy to be home. I’m excited to be the father and husband I want to be, and the senator Pennsylvania deserves. Pennsylvanians have always had my back, and I will always have theirs,” Fetterman said, per the release.

“I am extremely grateful to the incredible team at Walter Reed. The care they provided changed my life. I will have more to say about this soon, but for now, I want everyone to know that depression is treatable and treatment works. This isn’t about politics — right now, there are people who are suffering with depression in red counties and blue counties. If you need help, please get help,” he added.


According to Fox News, “Fetterman has missed 53 of the 64 Senate roll call votes during February and March as a result of being hospitalized.”

Fetterman was admitted in mid-February for treatment. His return was a relief for Senate Democrats, who hold a narrow majority and have faced challenges managing absences over the past month, POLITICO reported at the time.

Fetterman was among several senators during that period who were absent from the Senate, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who both missed substantial amounts of time. McConnell had been recently discharged from physical therapy for a concussion and minor rib fracture, POLITICO noted.

“But Fetterman’s situation has been different. The six-foot-eight, bald-headed and tattooed freshman has been open about his mental health challenges and the need to seek help,” the outlet continued.

Earlier, another photo of Fetterman went viral as he continued his treatment. Fetterman was finally seen in public roughly five weeks after he was admitted to Walter Reed.

Fetterman’s release from the hospital on Friday was accompanied by photos shared by his staff. However, one particular photo that circulated on social media raised doubts about the senator’s condition, with Newsweek reporting that some people were floating a “body double” conspiracy.

“The image, provided by the Fetterman campaign, can be seen in an article published on the website of NPR station WESA on the same day. It shows Fetterman and his wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, posing and smiling as they leave the hospital,” Newsweek noted at the time.

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