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’re chronic conditions that require professional treatment to overcome. The good news is, The Dawn offers a 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 Disorders

We provide a mixture of Eastern and Western methods to ensure that our clients get all the tools that they need to lead a happy life.

Comfortable and private room in a beautiful riverside facility with full-service amenities at your fingertips.

We incorporate a wide range of holistic approaches to help our clients develop mental strength and improve overall health.

Types of Mood Disorders

“Mood disorder” refers to all types of depression and stress-related disorders, including:

Major Depressive Disorder

Major depression is characterised by persistent sadness and recurrent severe depressive episodes.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This type of depression is associated with seasonal change, with depression symptoms becoming more apparent in fall and winter.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Also known as dysthymia, this chronic disorder causes sufferers to experience depression symptoms for years.

Bipolar I and II Disorders

Bipolar I involves manic episodes; bipolar II involves depressive episodes and hypomania – many bipolar people experience both.

Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment disorder is a disproportionate and lasting reaction to a life-changing event. Signs include depression symptoms, anxiety and withdrawal from daily activities.


Anxiety, to a degree, is a normal part of human life. But persistent or severe anxiety can develop into a disorder and progress to the point of interfering with your ability to function.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Adverse reactions to trauma can develop into PTSD. This debilitating disorder often affects veterans, sexual abuse victims and survivors and witnesses of violence.

Panic Disorder

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.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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.

Suicidal Ideation

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.


Signs and Symptoms of Mood Disorders

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.

Manic symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Overconfidence in your abilities
  • Increased rate of speech
  • Scattered trains of thought
  • Inability to focus on one idea or task
  • Reckless behaviour

Depressive symptoms include:

  • Unexplained physical pains like headaches and stomach aches
  • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Loss of appetite or disordered comfort eating
  • Excessive sleeping and lethargy
  • Restlessness or sleep disorders
  • Excessive crying
  • Hopelessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor concentration
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Intense guilt and shame

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.

Why The Dawn is the Best Treatment Center for Mood Disorder

Residential Mood Disorder Treatment Center in Thailand

At The Dawn, we’re known for our small, community feel that helps clients feel accepted, at ease and able to share their experiences with others. Our clients and staff are one big family – you’ll easily get to know everyone here, and we’re available at any time of day to offer support when you need it. And unlike bigger rehabs that admit large numbers of clients at a time, there are no cliques here. You’ll feel safe to express yourself and form genuine connections in our non-judgmental space.

Why Residential Bipolar Disorder Retreats are the Most Effective Option

Whereas outpatient treatment offers less access to your therapist and support network, in residential treatment, you’ll be completely immersed in your recovery experience. Your usual stresses and distractions will be kept at a distance, 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’ll have maximum opportunities to advance your personal growth, and minimal time to ruminate on the negative.

How Our Holistic Mood Disorder Treatment Works

The Dawn is staffed with highly skilled and licensed behavioural health professionals. Our personalised wellness programme includes a combination of individual counselling, group therapy and lifestyle changes.

Comprehensive Cognitive Therapy

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’re currently taking prescribed meditation, it will be regulated and administered by our medical team.

We also offer integrated treatment for those who are struggling with co-occurring addiction and mental health concerns.

The Dawn Utilizes Cognitive Therapy to Treat Mood Disorder
The Dawn Offers Yoga and Pilates to Enhance Mood Disorder Treatment

Complimentary Wellness Services

In addition to psychological counselling, we offer an array of complementary wellness services designed to enhance your treatment process, help you feel well, and prepare you for post-retreat life. Our alternative therapies include:

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Spa and massage therapy
  • Fitness exercise
  • Yoga and pilates
  • Art therapy
  • Muay Thai

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’re here, you’ll receive nutritional counselling and support, and eat a healthy diet of clean, locally sourced foods that boost your brain function and mood.

Thailand: Luxury Bipolar Disorder Facilities at an Accessible Price

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 are our beautiful riverside facility near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, you’ll 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.

A Day at The Dawn

We believe in healing the whole person. You’ll receive intensive therapy, but meditation, relaxation, movement and recreational activities will all play an important role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn:

07:00: Morning yoga / cycling
08:00: Breakfast
09:30: Process /  trauma group
10:50: Tai Chi or circuit training / cardio
11:30: Focus group 1
12:30: Lunch
13:30: Focus group 2
14:30: Individual counselling, massage
18:00: Dinner
19:30: Offsite NA / AA meeting
20:30: Rest & relaxation
22:00: Bedtime