Moods are our internal feelings and tones that affect how we interact with the world around us. When our emotions become disrupted and begin affecting our mood, they can develop into mood disorders.  Like other types of illnesses, mood disorders must be treated for you to begin feeling better.
The Beekeeper House offers inpatient mood disorder treatment in the beautiful northern Thai city of Chiang Mai to help you learn to regulate your mood and emotions. Together, we can help you start living a new life.
Mood disorders are mental health conditions that affect your emotional state, typically involving large mood swings. These may be seen as periods of extreme happiness (mania) and extreme sadness or depression (hypomania). You may also experience other emotions, including irritability or anger.
Mood disorders are often disruptive to your everyday activities, affecting work, school, relationships, and other responsibilities. They may also affect your sleeping and eating habits, impacting your overall health. Mood disorders typically require a combination of medication and psychotherapy to treat them. If you or a loved one are living with a mood disorder, it is best to seek immediate treatment.
Mood disorders fall into one of two categories — depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. Within each category, several conditions can be diagnosed depending on your symptoms. Learning and recognizing these symptoms can help you or a loved one get needed treatment.
Types Of Mood Disorders
Depression (also known as major or clinical depression) is a common mental health condition. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects around 3.8 percent of the world’s population. Depressive symptoms include feeling down, sad, or hopeless, or a loss of interest or pleasure in activities. The condition can also cause unexplained fatigue and pain and sleeping difficulties. Depression is diagnosed if these symptoms last two or more weeks.
There are several different types of depression, including:
PPD occurs after a person gives birth. During this time, the body is undergoing several physical and hormonal changes, which can contribute to psychological and emotional distress. While “baby blues” can last a few weeks after delivery, PPD continues much longer.
Also known as dysthymia, PDD is a chronic form of depression that lasts for at least two years. To be diagnosed with PPD, you must have had at least two symptoms of depression for the entire time, and symptoms cannot have been absent for more than two months
This type of mood disorder occurs between two to six days before a woman’s menstrual cycle. Symptoms of PMDD interfere with daily functions — similar to depression — and they may become worse alongside other mental health conditions.
In this type of depression, people may experience psychotic episodes involving delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that do not exist).
SAD is a type of depression related to the changing seasons. It can occur at any time of year, but it is more common in late autumn & early winter due to the change in sunlight. People with SAD typically have symptoms of mild depression, including headaches, low mood, & irritability.
DMDD affects children and adolescents between the ages of 6 to 18 years. It involves severe, chronic irritability and temper tantrums or outbursts that appear out of proportion to an incident. Symptoms must last at least one year before a diagnosis can be made.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes intense shifts in mood, activity levels, energy, and concentration. These affect your everyday life, making it more difficult to maintain work and school performance and relationships with others. There are three main types of bipolar disorder, broken down by associated symptoms
There are several different types of Bipolar presentations, including:
This mood disorder is diagnosed when you have manic episodes lasting at least seven days, or depressive episodes that last at least two weeks. A hospital stay may be required in cases of severe mania. Rapid cycling is diagnosed when you have at least four cycles of mania and/or depression within one year.
Those with cyclothymic disorder experience mild forms of mania, hypomania, or depression that are not severe enough to be diagnosed as bipolar I or II disorder. To be diagnosed, symptoms must last for at least two years in adults or one year in children or adolescents.
This disorder is less intense than bipolar I disorder but is still characterized by episodes of hypomania (less severe mania) and depression.
Our brains are responsible for controlling our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Specialized chemicals known as neurotransmitters are responsible for relaying signals in the brain. When these are imbalanced, they can lead to mood disorders. These imbalances are often passed down from parents to children.
Medical conditions or life-altering events such as cancer, family deaths, and divorce can also lead to mood disorders. Learning to recognize the symptoms of these conditions can help you or a loved one get mood disorder treatment.
Manic symptoms include:
At The Beekeeper House, we use an integrated approach to therapy to treat not only your mental health but your physical and spiritual health as well. Our centre offers a holistic approach to healing in a calm environment to promote relaxation and recovery. We recommend at least a 35-day stay in our residential programme to get you back on your feet.
During our mood disorder treatment program, you will have therapy sessions backed by evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). These therapies focus on identifying and changing disruptive thought patterns contributing to your emotions and behaviours. Medications such as mood stabilizers can also be prescribed as needed to address your mood disorder.
We also focus on Eastern philosophy and wellness principles that address your physical and spiritual well-being. These include activities such as meditation and mindfulness, massages, yoga and movement-based activities, and spending time in nature.
Your days at The Beekeeper House will be filled with sessions and activities including morning meditation, time to complete recovery assignments, one-on-one and group therapy sessions, and holistic wellness activities.
At The Beekeeper House, we use an eclectic therapy approach to combine evidence-based clinical psychology with Eastern philosophy for whole-body, mind, and spirit healing.
Our compassionate and expertly trained therapists and staff are ready to help you take back your mental health and improve your overall well-being in the beautiful country of Thailand.