Recent studies show that patients affected by depression can benefit from Botox treatment.

Depression is a common mental illness affecting 5% of the general population worldwide.

It is characterized by a feeling of helplessness, inability to cope with stress and daily demands and in worse cases, inability to function.

Depressed people do not enjoy the activities that used to be pleasurable for them.

They feel stuck and deal with recurrent negative thoughts and feelings.

They may be affected by very low self-esteem and are unable to react and promote positive changes for themselves.

Depression could be an inherited disease but, most of the time is reactive to undergoing a difficult time in life but it can also be induced by facing a very hostile or a non-conducive environment.

The loss of a loved one or enduring a difficult relationship at home as well as at work can create the perfect ground for a depressive mood.

Botox is a neurotoxin that when injected into the belly of a muscle causes the relaxation of the muscle itself.

The treatment with Botox ranges from a cosmetic one, softening frontal and frown lines to a medical one, relieving symptoms of overactivity of the bladder, migraines, and muscle dystonia.

The observation that patients receiving cosmetic Botox had less incidence of depressive symptoms has been confirmed by several clinical studies published over the years.

According to the “facial feedback hypothesis” by blocking negative facial expression, the Botox can stop the negative feedback to our mood centers promoting a healthier perception of the self, resulting in mood improvement.

In other words, the inability to show negative facial expressions has a direct effect on improving our mood.

Botox treatment may be another way to counteract the winter blues and improve mental wellbeing.

Dr. Lucia Cagnes Dr. Cagnes is a double certified Ob/ Gyn doctor in Europe as well as in the USA. She has been in practice in the US for more than 23 years.

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