Fetterman Reveals His Cause For Depression

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(TheRedWire.com) – In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) told host Kristen Welker that social media had negatively impacted his mental health during his battle with clinical depression in early 2023.

As he noted, social media had accelerated his mental health problems and added that it had been a mistake for him to check his social media accounts following the 2022 election. He pointed out that at the time, many posts online focused on how being in Congress could ultimately affect his life and his family’s life.

Fetterman proceeded to share how it was not the content of what was said but rather the volume that made him question things and wonder whether this would be the rest of his life. He then started to ask what effect the election could have not only on himself but also on his family. As he shared, his children are scared of sharing on social media and never post photos of the family anymore.

He added that even now, when his clinical depression is in remission, he remains selective about his social media usage and the time that he spends online. As he pointed out, he has never met anyone who believes that social media aids their mental health, but if there were someone who believed that was the case, he would love to meet them.

In February, the Senator checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was treated for clinical depression.

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