Relax and Restore at The Dawn’s Mental Wellness Retreat

There is not one person on the planet that has not experienced a fluctuation between emotions. Life is full of ups and downs and that naturally affects the way we feel. There may be situations, people and other circumstances that cause feelings of moodiness, agitation and irritability. A healthy person is able to bounce back from these feelings and regain emotional balance. Those who have a hard time achieving that balance, or whose emotional state and attitude do not match their circumstances, may be suffering from a mood disorder and require mood disorder treatment in order to get better.

Located in the picturesque city of Chiang Mai in Thailand, The Dawn is a premier wellness retreat with state-of-the-art facilities that are specially designed to deliver a wide range of mental retreat programmes. We combine our highly personalised individual counselling and wellness therapy to effectively eliminate problems of a mood swing, negativity and low self-esteem.


The Dawn is staffed with highly skilled mental health counsellors and licensed medical professionals.


Integrated approach to treatment for individuals suffering with substance abuse and mental health issues.


Our residential wellness centre boasts private accommodation in a beautiful riverside setting facility.

What is the treatment for mood disorders?

Mood disorders that are not properly treated can lead to serious injury, or even death, because of the suicidal tendencies or dangerous behaviours that often occur due to manic or depressive states. Even though these conditions are very serious, people with mood disorders who receive treatment are able to lead happier lives as a result. A proper mood disorder treatment utilises a personalised wellness programme that often includes a combination of individual therapy, family support and lifestyle changes.

Substance abuse, such as alcohol or drug abuse, and environmental factors may cause or worsen mood disorders. If a person with a mood disorder is using substances to numb their pain or self-medicate, then these issues must also be addressed in order to be treated properly. Physical activity and a healthy diet are other important factors when it comes to enhancing the brains ability to stay happy and think clearly.

Benefits of choosing The Dawn for mood disorder treatment

The Dawns wellness retreat is equipped with a licensed team of professionals who are experienced in handling a wide range of mental health issues. They will be able to help clients identify and adjust their behaviour, beliefs and attitudes in a healthy way. We also use Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which is an updated and enhanced version of traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help our clients identify core issues, and uncover and resolve psychological problems that can cause issues with mood. MBCT also includes beneficial psychological strategies like mindfulness and meditation, which are beneficial to recovery.

The Dawns intensive mood disorder treatment is customised to suit each individuals specific needs, even down to the food that they eat. We offer nutrition programmes, with healthy foods that are prepared by our top-level onsite chef. Since exercise is an important component of an effective treatment plan, we also provide a variety of fitness options such as personal training sessions or Muay Thai boxing, along with complementary therapies such as massage and acupuncture.


What is the definition of a mood disorder?

A mood disorder is a category of illness that describes a serious mood change. Health professionals use the term to describe all forms of bipolar disorders and depression. Anyone can have a mood disorder, though children and teens usually have different symptoms than adults. It is more difficult to diagnose mood disorders in children since they cannot always express what they are feeling.

What are the types of mood disorder?

Some of the most common mood disorders include bipolar disorder (manic depression) and depression. Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, describes one or more episodes of elevated mood (mania) and depressed mood that occur alternately. Individuals with depression usually feel hopeless or sad, are less interested in activities that they use to enjoy and have other symptoms of depression that last for at least two weeks.

Other forms of mood disorders may include dysthymia, which describes feeling chronically irritable or depressed for a period of at least two years, and substance-induced mood disorder, which may occur as a result of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, toxin exposure and prescribed medication.

What are the symptoms of mood disorders

Depression and bipolar disorder are highly treatable illness, but many individuals do not seek the help that they require due to misunderstandings surrounding mood disorders. Understanding the common signs and symptoms of mood disorders can help people become aware of their illness.

Symptoms and signs of depression include:

  • Pessimism
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Constant and unexplainable crying
  • Lethargy, lack of energy
  • Drastic changes in sleep patterns and appetite
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Anger, irritability, agitation, anxiety, worry
  • Indecisive and unable to concentrate
  • Recurring suicidal thoughts or about death
  • Unexplained pains and aches

People who experience at least five of these symptoms for more than a period of two weeks, or if any of the symptoms get in the way of regular activities, should undergo an evaluation.

Symptoms and signs of bipolar disorders

Symptoms and signs of bipolar disorder come in two varieties, depending on whether the person is experiencing man (highs) or depression (lows). Symptoms of mania include:

  • Increased energy, mental and physical activity
  • Increased confidence, optimism and elevated mood
  • Aggressive behaviour and extreme irritability
  • Reduced need for sleep without fatigue
  • Exaggerated sense of self-importance, grandiose delusions
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Easily distracted, impulsive