It is normal for people to feel anxious at certain points in their lives, especially when they are faced with a situation that is challenging or stressful, such as a first date, exam or a job interview. However, if anxiousness starts to overwhelm a person to the point that it interferes with their daily life, then they could possibly be battling an anxiety disorder. An anxiety retreat programme at The Dawn offers an opportunity for individuals who are experiencing anxiety problems to regain control of their lives and reconnect with their spiritual side in a beautiful, picturesque city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
Anxiety is the way that our bodies naturally respond to danger. It is comparable to an instinctive alarm that is triggered when a person is faced with a challenging situation, under pressure or threatened. Some anxiety, from time to time, is not necessarily a bad thing because anxiety can actually help you to stay focused and alert, encourage action and stimulate problem solving abilities. Anxiety is no longer productive, and becomes a problem, when it is overwhelming or constant, and gets in the way of one’s activities and relationships.
People with GAD tend to be worried, scared and anxious on a consistent basis, which affects their daily activities. They may also constantly feel as though something bad is about to occur. GAD is often recognisable through physical symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue, stomach issues and insomnia.
A panic disorder is characterised by unexpected, recurring panic attacks, along with the fear of experiencing another panic attack. Agoraphobia, which describes the fear of being in places where it is difficult to get help or to escape, often accompanies panic disorders. Those with agoraphobia often stay away from public or confined spaces to minimise these feelings.
OCD is characterised by unwanted behaviours or thoughts that feel as though they are impossible to control or stop. Those with OCD are often bothered by obsessions, such as the habitual worrying that they forgot to do something. They may also experience uncontrollable compulsions, such as the constant need to wash their hands again and again.
Phobias are an exaggerated or unrealistic fear of a certain objects, activities or situations that are actually not very dangerous, if at all. Typical phobias include the fear of heights, fear of flying and fear of animals (like spiders and snakes). People with severe phobias often go to drastic lengths to stay away from the thing the fear, though avoidance actually reinforces the phobia.
Social phobia describes anxiety that is caused by the fear of public embarrassment or being negatively judged by other people. Those with social anxiety tend to refrain from public situations, which can have a debilitating affect on their life.
Anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person. One person could start to panic at the idea of a party, while another could experience panic attacks that occur all of a sudden. Even though there are different types of anxiety, all of them share the same main symptom, which is insistent or severe worry or fear in situations where other people would not feel threatened. Other general symptoms of anxiety include:
Professional anxiety retreat may be suitable if the anxiety interferes with a person’s daily life or causes extreme distress. Anxiety disorders are incredibly responsive to psychotherapy, and usually in a short period of time. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a great tool for treating anxiety. It focuses on the thoughts and behaviours that are associated with the disorder, and helps people to recognise and challenge their negative thought patterns and irrational views that contribute to their anxiety.
The Dawn implements CBT by using an enhanced method known as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This type of therapy includes the standard principles of CBT and adds beneficial psychological strategies such as mindfulness and meditation. The Dawn is the first rehab and wellness centre in Thailand to offer an all-inclusive programme for residential anxiety treatment. Our anxiety retreat programme can be customised to suit each individual’s needs. Our licensed team of professionals are experienced in handling all kinds of mental health issues, along with alcohol and drug addictions.
The Dawn offers private accommodation in a world-class, riverside-setting facilities, giving our clients an ideal environment to recuperate and restore themselves. We also provide fun activities, excursions and other complementary therapies.
You can be free of your anxiety if you choose to get help. Contact us today to receive a no obligation assessment and to find out how we can help you. You can also call us on one of our toll-free numbers listed on our Contact Us page.