Effective treatment for anxiety disorder at The Cabin Bangkok
Why Bangkok Residents Find Effective Treatment for Anxiety at The Cabin Bangkok
Anxiety is actually a family of disorders with related symptoms. Common anxiety related disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance-related anxiety symptoms. The symptoms that all these disorders share are fear, worry, heightened states of arousal, nervousness, inability to concentrate, overreaction to potential or imagined problems and impairment in work, social and educational functioning.
Anxiety disorders are very common and research in Western countries report that as much as 28% of the adult population has or is currently experiencing an anxiety related disorder. Anxiety disorders often appear in late teens and early adulthood, but later manifestations are not at all unusual, especially after experiencing a stressful situation or a dramatic change in life circumstances.
Left untreated, anxiety disorders rarely go away by themselves. While some people learn to modify their lifestyle in order to live with the symptoms, it is more common for a sufferer to be in danger of career and social failure, substance abuse, and suicide.
In SE Asia the most common “treatment” for anxiety symptoms is medication such as benzodiazepines. However, these are extremely addictive drugs with a fast developing tolerance and a large number of patients being treated in this method end up with a serious drug addiction in addition to the return of their anxiety symptoms. In addition, benzodiazepines are the second most likely prescription drug to result in an overdose death.
At The Cabin Bangkok, we treat anxiety disorders on an outpatient basis, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is the most popular and effective therapy model used in the U.S. and U.K. today. Our CBT treatment of anxiety disorders does not require (and even discourages) any medications, as we have found the faster a client returns to normal baseline functioning, the sooner they can complete counselling.
CBT combines the cognitive (thinking) relationship to anxiety, with the behavioural (action) portion, to identify, challenge and modify thoughts and actions that create and maintain anxiety symptoms. CBT is a directive therapy, in that the counsellor will educate and train the client, but the client is ultimately responsible for applying and practicing the techniques learned in therapy. When a client completes The Cabin’s anxiety disorder treatment programme, he/she will have mastered these new techniques and can assimilate them into their daily routine, likely preventing a future anxiety episode and need for consequent therapy.