Effective, Compassionate Treatment for Anxiety Disorder at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Anxiety disorders are very common – about 28 per cent of the adult population has experienced one at some point in their lives.
Though ‘anxiety’ is often framed as one disorder with one set of symptoms, it’s actually a family of distinct 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
- Substance-related anxiety symptoms
Though the disorders themselves are not the same, they share many of the same symptoms. Shared symptoms include overreactions to potential or imagined problems in work, school or social settings, nervousness, inability to concentrate, fear, worry and heightened states of arousal.
Anxiety disorders often appear in late teens and early adulthood, but later manifestations can certainly occur as well – especially if you’ve experienced a change in life circumstances or a stressful event.
Left untreated, anxiety disorders rarely go away by themselves. While some people do learn to change their lifestyles to avoid triggers and minimise symptoms, that’s no way to live – and those short-term fixes don’t still leave you at risk of career or social failure, substance abuse or even suicide. To find true freedom from anxiety disorders, treatment is often necessary.
At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we treat anxiety disorders with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – the most widely-used therapy model in the US and UK, due to its effectiveness.
CBT is effective because it:
- Addresses the cognitive (thinking) aspects of anxiety and the behavioural (action) components, allowing you to identify, challenge and modify the thoughts and actions that create and maintain anxiety symptoms
- Gives you the tools to address your symptoms on your own, when they come up – your counsellor will educate and train you, but you won’t be dependent on him or her
- Helps you to master new techniques and assimilate them into your daily routine, likely preventing future anxiety episodes and reducing your need for consequent therapy
Our approach to anxiety disorder treatment doesn’t require (and even discourages) any medications, as we have found that they can actually slow down your progress. In our experience, the faster you return to normal baseline functioning (without medication), the sooner you can complete counselling.