We all experience fluctuating emotions. Life is full of ups and downs, and that naturally affects the way we feel. But while people who are emotionally balanced can move on from disappointments and setbacks in an appropriate amount of time, for people with mood disorders, emotional balance seems like a state that’s all but impossible to reach.
Mood disorders entail far more than occasional unpleasant emotions. They are chronic conditions that require professional treatment to overcome. The good news is, The Dawn offers comprehensive mood disorder treatment that can help you learn to manage your mood so you can feel in control of your life once again.
“Mood disorder” refers to all types of depression and stress-related disorders, including:
Major depression is characterised by persistent sadness and recurrent severe depressive episodes.
This type of depression is associated with seasonal change, with depression symptoms becoming more apparent in fall and winter.
Also known as dysthymia, this chronic disorder causes sufferers to experience depression symptoms for years.
Bipolar I involves manic episodes; bipolar II involves depressive episodes and hypomania – many bipolar people experience both.
Adjustment disorder is a disproportionate and lasting reaction to a life-changing event. Signs include depression symptoms, anxiety and withdrawal from daily activities.
Panic disorder is marked by frequent panic attacks, which can include symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pains and irregular heartbeat – and ultimately lead to longer-term health problems.
People with BPD may display sudden and intense mood swings, extreme fear of abandonment and distorted self-image. These behaviours can be hard to identify as a disorder, and often lead to relationship issues.
Suicide is responsible for 1.4 percent of all deaths worldwide. Factors like a history of self-harm and the tendency to act on suicidal feelings are predictors of suicide. But its main causes are disorders like depression, addiction, trauma and mood disorders – which is why it’s vital to treat these problems before they progress to a more critical stage.
Mood disorders can be caused by chemical imbalances in your brain, which are usually genetically inherited. They can also be triggered by events like divorce or the death of a family member, which can significantly disrupt your life. Mood disorders like bipolar can leave you swinging dramatically back and forth between low (depressed) and high (manic) states. Managing these can be incredibly distracting from the larger-picture demands of your life.
* Bipolar disorder entails both manic and depressive symptoms.
Substance abuse and environmental factors may cause or worsen mood disorders. If you use substances to numb your pain or self-medicate, this behaviour can quickly escalate into an addiction. If you have a mood disorder, the best course of action is to seek professional treatment before symptoms become dangerously severe.
At The Dawn, we are known for our small, community feel that helps clients feel accepted, at ease and able to share their experiences with others. Unlike large psychiatric centres that have a large numbers of patients, we limit admissions to just 25 clients at a time. Our clients and staff are one big family – you will easily get to know everyone here, and we are available at any time of day to offer support when you need it. You will feel safe to express yourself and form genuine connections in our non-judgmental space.
Whereas outpatient treatment offers less access to your therapist and there is no support network, in residential treatment, you will be completely immersed in your recovery experience. You are removed from your usual stressors, allowing you the time and space you need to focus on yourself. And each day will be fully scheduled with wellness-supporting activities, so you will have maximum opportunities to advance your personal growth, and minimal time to ruminate on the negative.
The Dawn is staffed with highly skilled and licensed behavioural health professionals. Our personalised mental wellness programme includes a combination of individual counselling, group therapy and lifestyle changes.
Our well-rounded treatment approach utilises evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) to help you change negative thought patterns and build a toolkit for managing your mental health in your day-to-day life. If you are currently taking prescribed meditation, it will be regulated and administered by our medical team – with the aim of reducing your dependence on it as therapy starts to work.
We also offer integrated treatment for those who are struggling with co-occurring addiction and mental health concerns.
In addition to psychological counselling, we offer corresponding Eastern wellness therapies scientifically proven to enhance your treatment process, help you feel well, and prepare you for post-retreat life. Our alternative therapies include:
Physical activity and a healthy diet are important factors when it comes to enhancing your brain’s ability to stay happy and think clearly. While you are here, you will delicious Thai and international meals, and have access to our gym and swimming pool to keep relaxed, healthy and fit.
If your mood disorder has you feeling highly stressed and unfocused, it’s best to treat it in a soothing environment with minimal distractions. Here at our beautiful riverside facility near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, you will stay in comfortable private accommodation and reap the daily benefits of sunshine, fresh air and natural beauty to clear your mind and restore you to a state of calm.
We provide a mixture of Eastern and Western methods to ensure that our clients get all the tools that they need to lead a balanced life.
Comfortable and private room in a beautiful riverside facility with full-service amenities at your fingertips.
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: