Effective, Compassionate Treatment for Depression at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Depression: one word that describes a wide range of symptoms.
While the term ‘depression’ may mean different things to different people, it’s important to note that there’s a very real difference between true clinical depression and depressive symptoms. Most people will, at some point in their lives, experience depressive symptoms – such as lack of motivation, sleep disorders, pessimistic outlook, focus on negativity, and decreased energy levels. Given enough time, under normal circumstances, those symptoms will prove to be temporary and go away on their own.
However, for some people, those symptoms don’t go away over time. It’s the recurring or persistent nature of depressive symptoms – rather than the symptoms themselves – that indicate clinical depression. And when clinical depression is a concern, treatment is often necessary to start feeling better.
Clinical depression, often called ‘major depressive disorder’, affects how you feel, think and act in every area of your life – from relationships to work, health and more. The most common treatment for major depression is medication and, as a result, there is no shortage drugs for depression on the market. Though drugs are a very common treatment, they have their downsides. While they will mask your symptoms, they’re not truly addressed – so the root cause remains. To make matters worse, as you adjust to your medication, symptoms can often return.
Fortunately, if you or someone you love is experiencing persistent, recurring depressive symptoms, drugs aren’t your only option. There are a variety of treatment options available to help you.
Counselling, one of the most popular treatment methods available, can be an effective way to make the thinking and attitude adjustments necessary to push through depressive feelings and gain practical, in-the-moment tools to prevent symptoms from returning.
At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we treat clinical depression with personalised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT has two primary goals: to identify and change dysfunctional thinking patterns, and train and utilise new behaviours. When those goals are achieved, new, functional thought patterns are reinforced – resulting in an increase in realistic, empowering emotional stability.
The benefits of CBT include:
- No side effects or mental interference (both of which are typical of medications)
- Practical techniques that you can perform by yourself, in the moment – allowing you to avoid future episodes and master the skills that reduce the need for future therapy
- Gaining knowledge from your therapist without developing a dependence on him or her – so you can be happy on your own
- One-on-one treatment, allowing for a treatment plan that’s custom-created to address your individual needs and circumstances
For these reason and more, CBT has been shown to be over two times more effective than medication alone for treating depression.
There is no set duration for CBT. However, it’s considered to be a relatively brief therapy option. The more frequent your sessions, the sooner the severity of your symptoms will lessen, and the sooner you’ll start feeling like yourself again. As a general guideline, two to three sessions per week for two to three months are probably all you’ll need to completely address a major depressive episode.