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Mobile depression treatment for Montana veterans will start this weekend

Soon, Montana veterans will be able to receive mobile treatment for depression. It’s part of a first-of-its kind effort for the VA.

The VA will launch the mobile unit in Billings this weekend. The mobile clinic will provideTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for patients with major depressive disorder. TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerves in the brain to improve depression symptoms.

The treatment is for those who have not had success with traditional depression medications and psychotherapy.

The mobile unit will begin traveling across Montana to treat rural vets who may not have easy access to a VA facility that provides TMS treatment.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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