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Mental Health

Mental health and depression

Individuals and families with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs can find hope and help at StoneSprings Hospital Center's sister facility, Dominion Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.

Your best choice for emotional, behavioral or mental health care

For more than 30 years, Dominion Hospital has met the highest standards for the treatment of children, adolescents and adults who suffer from debilitating disorders such as anxiety, panic, depression, delusions, eating disorders, schizophrenia, school refusal and self-harming behavior. Dominion's highly qualified physicians, mental health counselors and staff combine their expertise to diagnose mental health concerns and provide compassionate, professional care and treatment.

Services available at Dominion Hospital include specialized mental health care for children, adolescents and adults, treatment for substance abuse and psychiatric illnesses and Virginia's only comprehensive eating disorder center.

Learn more about Dominion Hospital.

Concerned about yourself or a loved one?

Depression

Putting up a good front but feeling like your life is in turmoil? Struggling to cope after the birth of a baby? You're not alone.

Check for these signs of depression, which also apply to postpartum depression. If you, a loved one or friend have several symptoms, you may need to find professional help. Discuss the situation with your doctor immediately.

Signs of depression

  • Persistent sadness or anxiety
  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities — including sex and hobbies
  • Sleep disturbances — insomnia or oversleeping
  • Appetite and weight changes — loss or gain
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide attempts
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Chronic aches or persistent symptoms not caused by physical disease

Postpartum depression affects some women shortly after childbirth. It's not uncommon for women to experience temporary "blues" after delivery; however, if symptoms persist more than a few days, these may be signs of postpartum depression.

Learn more about depression and related conditions at our online Health Library.

When you need help NOW — take the first step

In crisis? For immediate evaluation and 24-hour access call First Step at (703) 538-2872 for a confidential telephone interview with a counselor at Dominion Hospital who's knowledgeable about mental health disorders and treatment options.