New mental health treatment available in Northern Nevada

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A local doctor says serving people who struggle with mental health is an unmet need, not only in Northern Nevada, but across the state.

And he’s making sure the people know there’s a new option for treating suffering from depression and anxiety in town.

When Cameron Duncan first opened Duncan Family Healthcare, he realized many of the patients coming to his office showed symptoms of depression and anxiety.

“Doing primary care I didn’t feel equipped enough to address those needs, but I would try to get them in with a specialist, either a therapist or a psychiatrist, and sometimes it could take six months to get in.”

Wanting to serve his community better, Duncan pursued additional training to become specialized in mental health services.

“So that I can offer these services myself.”

Duncan says Nevada ranks last in the country for access to mental healthcare and adds the state also has one of the highest rates of depression per person.

“Having depression as a more frequent diagnosis in the community, but not having the access to treat those ailments, really puts Nevada in a tough spot.”

That’s why he’s brought a new treatment option to Northern Nevada, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, also known as TMS.

“TMS treatment is for someone who has tried therapy and has tried, maybe, several different medications, or maybe even just one; and want to have an alternative approach.”