Headaches, excessive sweating, lines and wrinkles, and now depression? New studies continue to emerge surrounding Botox and how it could help treat depression and social anxiety. Especially since mental health has been a forefront in our news and media this year, this type of research is critical and could have a dramatic impact. Allergan’s Phase III trial of Botox and the treatment of major depressive disorder is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019. They have high hopes for promising results.
How Botox Helps With Negative Emotions
We know that Botox has physical and cosmetic results, but it could have psychological effects as well. Some people believe that Botox could help with depression simply because the user has fewer lines and wrinkles. Feeling confident about your appearance can definitely help ease depression symptoms.
However, it is likely more scientific than that. It’s a feedback loop: when you’re happy, you smile, which releases chemical signals to the brain, telling yourself you are happy. By paralyzing the frown lines in the face, it quiets down the part of the brain that is associated with negative emotions. Facial expressions send certain feedback to the brain, whether your angry, sad, or scared. For someone who suffers from depression, there is an increase in activity that causes these frowns. So by injecting Botox and blocking those frown muscles, it could very well aid in improving one’s mood.
While it may not be a cure-all for depression, it can certainly be used in conjunction with other forms of treatments. It is currently not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression and more research needs to be done to examine results. But for some people, Botox has been known to really help, and that’s fantastic.
If studies continue to show promising results, this type of treatment could have a dramatic impact on both the cosmetic and the psychology industries.