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About the Practice


According to a recent study, in April 2020 more than one in four American adults met diagnostic criteria for serious mental distress and illness — a seven-fold increase from before the

COVID-19 pandemic. Left untreated, mental health disorders prevent patients from engaging fully in their lives. The mission of our practice is to help patients reclaim their mental health through comprehensive treatment approaches. We develop individualized treatment plans targeted toward patients’ circumstances and goals.

What are signs of mental illness?

No two patients are the same, and mental disorders can manifest in very different ways depending on a patient’s age, gender, genetics, and cultural background. Patients dealing with anxiety and depression, two of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S., frequently experience the following symptoms:


Decreased motivation

Lack of engagement with family & friends Loss of interest in hobbies

Avoidance of social interaction Anger

Guilt or shame Loneliness Hopelessness or despair

Feelings of worthlessness Social isolation

Thoughts of self-harm or suicide Substance abuse

Significant weight gain or loss Fatigue

Insomnia or excessive sleep Panic attacks

Poor concentration Memory problems Decreased attention span

What causes mental disorders?

Mental health disorders can be caused by genetic or environmental factors. Types of environmental stressors include family-related, financial, academic- or career-related, and major life transitions. The current COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn are potential causes or exacerbating factors for mental disorders. For many patients, mental illness is the result of multiple factors, which can make effective treatment more difficult. An important part of the treatment plan is identifying stressors and ways to manage them.

What mental health disorders does your practice treat?

Our practice is able to treat a wide spectrum of mental health disorders, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and eating disorders.


Capital Area Psychiatric Services
2235 Cedar Lane, Suite 302
Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: 703-659-9305
Fax: 703-889-5407

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