Botox not only lessens wrinkles on your face, but scientists say that it can also help decrease depression. A study on Botox’s links to depression shows that many patients reported better moods and fewer depressive symptoms as a result of Botox.
How is this possible? Botox is widely associated with changes in facial expressions and movement, making it more difficult to show emotions on your face. This is because Botox blocks nerve signals to certain muscles in your face, inhibiting the muscles. The upside is that the muscles are connected to a part of the brain that controls mood, and when the muscles are inhibited, it also becomes more difficult to feel negative emotions.
A treatment that prevents your face muscles from reacting to sadness (among other emotions) can also, in turn, prevent you from further sadness? It’s a bit of a catch-22 with a bright side!
Given these promising results, scientists hope Botox will become an accepted form of treatment for depression. They are also studying whether Botox can treat social anxiety or bipolar disorder.
With Botox’s many uses, we’re thinking it’s a win-win.
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