Recent study shows that Botox injections may reduce depression

Samantha Jones from Sex and the City has said, "You know me, I don't really believe in marriage; now Botox on the other hand, that works every time." And I'm thinking she may be right.

As it turns out, Botox is useful for more things than just the obvious use of trying to appear younger than you actually are.

Today, I heard on the morning news something that made my ears perk up amidst the plethora of depressing COVID-19 updates — research has found that botox can lower your symptoms of depression. I've heard of Botox helping people who get chronic migraines, but I've never heard of it being beneficial to your mental health.

A study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that Botox injections reduce muscle tone in the face, which may counteract depression. CNN reports that 40 to 88% of study participants who received Botox injections to treat excessive sweating, facial wrinkles, migraine, spasticity and spasms reported depression less often than those who underwent different treatment for the same conditions.

"Imagine that when you get depressed that not just one location on your forehead — which forms this frown wrinkle — but all the muscles get stressed and constricted," University of California San Diego professor Ruben Abagyan, lead author of the study, told CNN.

"Then there is a distributed muscle memory. By breaking that memory by basically relaxing all of them, you break the feedback between the head and the muscles in this case."

Wow, get rid of my wrinkles and improve my mood? Where can I sign up?

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