It makes sense if you think about it: If a quick bit of lipstick can make you feel better, imagine how much better you’d feel if your facial muscles actually presented a positive and happy attitude. Beauty products like lipstick can’t help you beat serious depression, but Botox to get rid of frown lines might. And there’s research to back that up.
Have you been struggling with clinic depression for a while? Some people struggle with it for years. And they’ve notified their faces about how bad they feel. In some cases, the medications usually used to treat the condition don’t do any good — or don’t do enough good. Imagine feeling better by getting Botox injections that will make your face look better. You could start feeling better sooner than you ever thought possible.
A recent study has built upon a past study into the matter of whether eliminating the ability to frown can actually make you feel better. And the results are promising.
In the most recent study, 74 people in total participated, all sufferers from major depression. Half of them were given Botox on the frown muscles located between their eyebrows and the other half were given only a saline solution that had no physical effect on them. When tested six weeks later, 52 percent of those injected with real Botox showed that they felt better while just 15 percent of patients who received the placebo saline solution saw any improvement. Of those who improved, their rating on a sophisticated depression rating scale went down almost 50 percent.
About half of participants were able to figure out whether they had received the real shot or not, yet this discovery didn’t change or taint the results in any way. Apparently, the study found, if you can’t physically frown, you’re less likely to feel down in the dumps.
Really, the idea that a smile or frown can influence your emotions isn’t new at all. Eric Finzi wrote about the subject and researched it several years ago. In 2013, he wrote a book called The Face of Emotion that explains how Botox injections impact emotion, mood and relationships.
And the idea goes back well before Finzi’s research. In the 1870s, Charles Darwin formed a theory that facial expressions don’t just show the world how we’re feeling but actually create or change mood.
There is even evidence that people who have a rare neurological issue called Moebius syndrome don’t have much capacity for sadness or happiness. Why? Because the condition makes it impossible for them to move certain facial muscles and show the emotions.
Some, of course, aren’t convinced, as is always the way. Depression is an extremely complex disease, they argue, and those with serious depression certainly shouldn’t toss away their medications or stop other therapies to try Botox for depression. But what does it hurt to have another tool in the arsenal of choices for treating this illusive and hard-to-treat condition?
In fact, lots of people apparently feel better after Botox, according to anecdotal evidence from doctors, dentists and others who administer it. Whether you have depression or not, you might feel a positive impact.
But this much is certain: nearly 15 million people in the United States have depression, and nothing since the advent of Prozac has shown so much promise with so little cost or effort. It could very realistically be a lifesaver.
It’s a real shame that no one thought to study this idea sooner. And it all comes from a little vial that’s been used safely and successfully for decades. Who would have imagined it?
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