Depression Retreat Programme

Effective Depression Retreat at The Dawn Wellness Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand

While it is not unusual for people to experience temporary feelings of depression from time to time, it can turn into a serious illness for some. Depression is actually quite common and is often characterised by strong feelings of emptiness, sadness, anger, hopelessness or apathy. These emotional patterns get in the way of a person’s ability to function in their daily lives. The good news is that it is highly treatable through psychotherapy. The Dawn offers an effective depression retreat programme comprised of intensive private counselling and a wide array of holistic therapies that will help you combat depression and live a happier life.

What is depression?

Depression is a psychological illness that is usually expressed as persistent hopelessness, unhappiness, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and loss of pleasure and/or interest in regular activities. Symptoms must last for a minimum of two weeks in order to be diagnosed as depression. There are various causes of depression, though most involve some form of trauma. If depression goes untreated then the illness can have a serious negative affect on the quality of a person’s life and, in some cases, even ruin it.

What are the different types of depression?

Depression has varying effects on people. There are several types of depression and the type of depression that a person experiences may alter the type of treatment that would work best for them. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states that depression falls into two major categories – persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and major depressive disorder – along with a class of different, less common forms. Other mood disorders can also cause depression symptoms, such as bipolar disorder.

 

Persistent depressive disorder is when feelings of depression last for a minimum of two years. An individual who is diagnosed with dysthymia may experience major depression episodes as well as phases of less severe symptoms, though symptoms have to last for at least two years to be categorised as persistent depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, is a more serious type of depression. It usually is not comparable to depression that is by the loss of a loved one or some form of trauma.

 

This form of depression is often caused by drug addiction, alcohol addiction, certain medications or medical conditions. In order to be diagnosed with clinical depression, a person must have at least five symptoms of depression that take place over a period of two weeks, for the majority of the day and occur almost every day. One of the five symptoms must involve either a loss of pleasure and/or interest, or a depressed mood.

What are the symptoms and signs of depression?

Any person who has been experiencing some of the following symptoms and signs for the majority of the day, almost every day, for a minimum of two weeks, may be dealing with depression:

 

  • Persistent moods of sadness, anxiousness or emptiness
  • Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of pleasure and/or interest in activities and hobbies
  • Fatigue or reduced energy levels
  • Feelings of helplessness, worthlessness or guilt
  • Talking or moving slower than usual
  • Feeling restless and/or finding it hard to stay still
  • Difficulty with decision making, remembering or concentrating
  • Issues with sleeping, oversleeping or waking up too early
  • Fluctuations in weight and/or appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts
  • Headaches, pains, aches, cramps or digestive issues that do not have a clear cause and do not subside with treatment

 

Not all people who have depression experience each of the symptoms. Some people only experience a few, while others may have to deal with many. The frequency and severity of the symptoms and their duration varies from person to person and their particular illness, and can also differ depending on the phase of the illness.

What is involved in depression treatment?

There are several treatment options for people who are battling depression and any co-occuring disorders. Each client who comes to The Dawn undergoes an initial assessment in order to ensure that our team uses the best treatment method available. After a personalised plan is created, our clients engage in intensive individual therapy throughout the duration of their stay. Individual therapy helps one deal with personal issues that are related to their depression and recognise the connection between depression and associated mental health issues.

 

Another treatment option at The Dawn is family therapy, which allows for loved ones to be involved in the client’s treatment and healing process. Families and loved ones are given the opportunity to learn about depression, what is involved in preventing future episodes of depression, and how they can help. We also offer a variety of complimentary therapies such as yoga, meditation, Reiki, acupuncture, massage and more.s.

What are the benefits of choosing The Dawn for depression retreat?

The Dawn takes a holistic and humanistic approach to depression retreat programme. We offer affordable high-quality treatments that take place in private accommodation in world-class, riverside-setting facilities. Our personalised programme ensures that each of our clients receives the best treatment possible, and gives them the chance to focus on themselves while making positive changes. There are many enjoyable activities available, as well as excursions around Chiang Mai.

Contact The Dawn today

You do not have to wait any longer to lead a better life, 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 that can be found on our Contact Us page.