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Dr. Rachel Fleissner, who has a private practice in Fargo, explains that the "transcranial magnetic stimulation" treatment for depression directly affects for 30 seconds a part of the brain the size of a quarter. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Fargo psychiatrist using high-energy magnetic beam to treat depression

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Joan Scheveck was so withdrawn that even idle chitchat was an enormous mountain she often couldn't climb.

She thought she'd managed to conceal her depression - she confided about it only to her husband and grown daughter - but the problem was obvious to her friends and relatives.

"I guess I wasn't doing such a good job with my happy face," she says.

It's not that Scheveck, a retired telephone operator, denied to herself that she suffers from clinical depression.

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