We’ve long known that in addition to seriously reducing the appearance of wrinkles (and, well, emotions), Botox is used to treat conditions like excessive sweating, muscle spasms and chronic migraines. But according to a new study, the injectable may also have another unintended benefit: helping patients with treatment-resistant depression.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers found that when randomized patients were administered a dose (five injections) of the botulinum toxin just above the eyebrows, 47% experienced decreased symptoms. Only 9% of the placebo group reported reduced symptoms. Perhaps this is why celebs always seem so much happier than us?
While other studies suggested that the inability to express emotions could be harmful for your health, this study’s author, M. Axel Wollmer, says the Botox “interrupts feedback from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions.”
I’m no scientist, but isn’t looking sad and feeling sad are two totally different things? And wasn’t it just a few years ago that Botox was linked to depression? Read the full study here and let us know what you think: is Botox a reliable treatment for depression? Let us know if you’ve ever tried the treatment in the comments!
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