CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The Dawn, a luxury drug rehab and wellness center in northern Thailand, has recently begun offering transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy to clients suffering from stress or depression.
TMS is a method of stimulating the nerve cells in the brain via a device that a physician hovers over the patient’s scalp. It produces a magnetic field which induces changes in nerve cell activity and helps relieve depression.
During the treatment the patient is awake and alert. Side effects are negligible – the most common being headaches in one of four patients and neck pain in one of eight.
This modern technology was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in October 2008, specifically for the treatment of depression. In western Europe, TMS has been used in recent years to treat everything from Alzheimer’s, autism and epilepsy to schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder.
"As a treatment for depression, TMS has a faster outcome than antidepressants,” said Dr. Ngamwong Jarusuraisin, the resident psychiatrist and head of medical services at The Dawn. “Within 10 sessions patients will feel improved. After a full course of 20 treatments many have fully recovered.”
The Dawn is an intimate and luxurious retreat which is internationally recognized for delivering life-changing treatments for addiction, PTSD, stress, and other mental health issues.
This year, The Dawn introduced what it labelled an executive burnout program, aimed at businesspeople, CEOs and other professionals suffering from the strains of overwork and pressure.
Depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide, and is a leading cause of suicide. Nearly 800,000 people die from suicide every year. Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
In a report last year published by Harvard Medical School, a half of all workers surveyed said they worked at weekends and on days off to meet the demands of their jobs.
Few employers understand the ramifications that this pressure has – not only on their business, but on their bottom lines. According to research by the UK’s Loughborough University, workplace stress costs US businesses alone no less than $300 billion per year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance costs.
The Dawn has now integrated TMS as an option into the daily regime for patients suffering from depression. The facility’s “twin pillar” approach offers a itinerary of holistic pursuits such as yoga, meditation, massage and intense fitness, while ensuring each guest has 24-hour access to psychiatrists, counsellors and medical care.
Catering for up to 20 clients at any one time, the retreat is situated some 20 kilometers south of Chiang Mai on a lush private estate surrounded by rice paddies and rainforest.
For a free consultation, contact The Dawn:
AUS: +61 29 098 4831 | UK: +44 20 3769 7212 | US/CANADA: 1 800 355 5412 | THAI: +66 63 048 4877