Depression is so much more than just feeling blue. While it is normal to feel sad from time to time, for people with depression, life feels utterly devoid of joy. If you feel hopeless, incapable of finding pleasure in things you were once passionate about, or unable to summon the energy and concentration required for you to complete your daily tasks, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
Depression is a serious and high-risk disorder, and it greatly interferes with your ability to meet your family, career and social responsibilities and enjoy life. But the good news is, it is completely treatable. And The Dawn offers a comprehensive, all-inclusive depression rehab programme in a sunny and rejuvenating setting that will lift your spirits and usher you into wellness.
Everyone experiences depression differently – symptoms can vary from person to person, but commonly include:
Untreated depression may progress, and severe depression can lead to more grave consequences, such as:
At The Dawn, we have a low staff-to-client ratio, so you will receive plenty of personal attention from our therapists who know you, know your story and care about your success. Unlike large psychiatric facilities where the impersonal feel can compound depression and anxiety, our small therapy groups mean you will have an easier time getting to know your peers and opening up about your experiences. You will be surprised by how much you have in common with others in the programme, and by learning from others’ stories, you will come to realise that you are not alone in what you’re going through.
To truly have an effect on a disorder as pervasive as depression, it is best to treat it intensively. As opposed to outpatient rehab for depression, where outside your therapist’s office you are still immersed in the environment and patterns that have you feeling stuck in a rut, inpatient depression treatment provides an important break from your daily life.
At a residential retreat for depression, you will work through a focused programme that is personalised to your needs, designed to comprehensively address your depression symptoms as well as its underlying causes. And you will be surrounded by compassionate, supportive counsellors and peers the whole way through.
When you arrive at The Dawn, your first step will be to undergo an initial assessment by our clinical team. Your therapist will then create a personalised treatment plan that includes individual therapy, group therapy and holistic wellness services for a well-rounded approach to tackling your depression.
Our highly qualified team uses time-tested depression treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) to address your depression at its source. We also offer cutting-edge methods like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to heal treatment-resistant depression without the use of drugs.
You will learn techniques for managing your depression that you can apply to your day-to-day life after treatment. While you stay with us, you will participate in regular individual and group counselling sessions, and have a daily schedule full of activities that support your progress and improve your mood.
Our programme includes an assortment of complementary therapies, so you can reap the healing benefits of holistic practices and develop a new self-care routine that will support your well-being for years to come. Wellness therapies include:
Taking a holistic approach to your wellness puts you in a calm and centred frame of mind that advances your counselling work, and provides an alternative to ‘talk therapy’ for addressing deep-rooted issues.
Treating your depression holistically means getting your sleep, diet and exercise back on track. Here at our peaceful facility in tropical Northern Thailand, you’ll be lulled to sleep each night by the sounds of the river not far from your window. You will also find it easier to get out of bed each day when you can wake up to the warmth of the morning sun. Your daily schedule will include endorphin-boosting workouts, grounding yoga sessions and outdoor excursions that help you rediscover the joy in life. And, you’ll eat delicious Thai and Western food made with locally sourced ingredients to improve your gut-brain connection.
We incorporate a wide range of holistic approaches to help our clients develop mental strength and improve overall health.
We employ a team of licensed professionals who have extensive experience in treating a range of mental health conditions.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: