Depression Treatment Now Available in Bangkok
Globally, approximately one in four people suffer from a mental disorder such as depression – but most do so in silence, unaware that treatment is available or where it can be accessed.
Everyone goes through periods of sadness which usually follow life events such as the loss of a loved one, relationship break-ups and other major life changes. Feelings of deep sadness on these occasions are a very natural response, and time will usually heal the wounds, returning you to happiness slowly but surely. However for many people, the deep feelings of sadness just never seem to go away — and for some, these melancholy feelings may not even have been brought on by any particular event.
The definition of depression is as follows: a mood disorder that causes a persistent state of sadness and loss of interest. Depression is not a just a ‘feeling’, and it is not something that you can ‘just shake off’. When depression strikes, it can be incredibly detrimental to the affected person and even friends and family members closest to them — which is why it is important to get depression treatment as soon as possible for the highest chance of successful recovery.
The Different Types of Depression
The two major types of depression are often referred to as clinical and non-clinical depression. Here at The Cabin, we prefer to use the terms Major Depressive Disorder and depressive symptoms. Let us take a look at each one below:
Depressive symptoms are normal reactions to painful life events and/or physical, mental and emotional stress. At this point, the depressive symptoms are not caused by an impairment of the brain, but without being addressed, they can cause an imbalance which could lead to Major Depressive Disorder.
The most common causes of this type of depression are as follows:
When physical or emotional stress continues long-term it can have serious negative effects. This can lead to adrenal exhaustion and other biochemical imbalances which affect mood, sleep, energy and even memory.
Unresolved, painful life events.
Stress triggered by life events that are not dealt with properly falls under this category. Unresolved emotional stress from childhood also falls into this category.
Especially in women, the fluctuation of hormones during the menstrual cycle or after child birth can cause varying degrees of depression that typically clear up on their own.
Mental patterns and emotional attitudes.
Continuous negative or pessimistic thinking, including long-term anger or bitterness towards people, situations, or life in general can result in depressed, anxious and generally angry moods.
Lack of vision and/or life purpose.
When people are stuck in a dead-end job, or feel that their daily life lacks any significant purpose, vision or journey, they often feel empty, sad and frustrated, representing a type of depression based on a life they are not fulfilled with.
Various medical conditions.
Various medical conditions, including thyroid disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and liver or kidney disease among others can cause prolonged depressed moods.
Certain types of medication can also be the cause of depressed moods, which is why it is important to speak to your doctor immediately if you are feeling bouts of sadness or depression after starting a new medication.
Major Depressive Disorder
Unlike depressive symptoms, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a type mental or mood disorder. Without depression treatment, MDD can wreak havoc on a person’s life for many, many years. Essentially, MDD is characterised by a consistent low mood and often leaves a person with low self-esteem and a loss of interest in activities they once found enjoyable.
The disorder affects many areas of feeling, thinking and action, and although in some cases it may be triggered by a traumatic event, it is not always the cause. For many, this type of depression will set in without any warning, or any easily-identifiable events. And in many of these cases, doctors are quick to prescribe a patient medication and send them on their way. However, while medication can be useful in some cases, depressive symptoms or MDD should never be treated solely with medication.
Types of Depression Treatment
While medication can play a part in depression treatment, it is important to remember that the medication simply masks the symptoms, and that deep down the problem still persists. And as time goes on, tolerance to these medications increases, and symptoms often return.
Instead, a more effective depression treatment is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Cognitive behavioural therapy for depression is based on the theory that a person’s mood is directly related to his or her patterns of thought. Negative thoughts and behaviours, although likely subconscious, predispose a person to depression. And with CBT as a depression treatment, the goal is to reform the thought and behaviour process, disabling the negative thought patterns, and teaching the depressed individual a new way to process their own thoughts and behaviours that can help pull them out of their depression.
CBT for Depression Treatment
Some doctors believe that depressive symptoms will go away on their own, once the incident that sparked the depression is far in the past, leaving CBT treatment for those affected with MDD only. However, CBT is a useful tool for everyone suffering from any type of depression, as it helps those affected change their thought patterns, making a depressive episode less likely in the future.
At The Cabin Bangkok, we offer one-on-one CBT depression treatment for all our clients, which allows us to target each client’s specific needs, challenges and abilities. By combining the identification and alteration of dysfunctional thinking patterns, while training and utilising new behaviours and reinforcing new, function thought patterns, CBT depression treatment can create a new, empowering emotional stability.
In fact, CBT has proven to be two to 2.5 times more effective than using medication alone. As well, CBT does not come with a plethora of side effects like prescription medication so often does.
Getting the Depression Treatment You Need
For many years, mental wellness was often overlooked when it came down to whether a person was healthy or not — which is why so many people around the world have suffered from these mental disorders in silence for so long. In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 1 in 4 people, or 250 million people globally, were suffering from some type of mental disorder, but that approximately two-thirds of these people did not seek treatment due to stigma, discrimination, and/or lack of proper knowledge about these disorders.
But mental illness, in particular depression, is nothing to hide, or be ashamed about. In recent years, mental wellness awareness has increased exponentially. It is important to realise that mental illness is not a personal failure, and it can be treated. One of the strongest risk factors for attempted suicide is depression, along with substance abuse and divorce. So do not suffer in silence. Contact us today if you or a loved one is su