I’m not a cosmetic procedures kind of gal. Power to others if that’s what works for them, but given that I can’t even be bothered putting on makeup most of the time, all things physical appearance-related don’t rank very high on my priority list.
But that’s not why I’ve just gotten Botox. To keep my knowledge base up to date in the field of psychiatry I try to watch webinars on a somewhat regular basis. The other day I was watching a webinar on novel treatments for depression, and one of the things mentioned was Botox. There have been a few small research studies (one from 2014, one from 2012, and another from 2006) that found that injecting Botox into the frown line areas on the forehead actually led to an improvement in depressive symptoms, even in people with treatment-resistant illness. The thinking behind it is that not only does facial musculature express mood states, but it gives feedback that in turn regulates mood states. By preventing frowning, Botox may disrupt that harmful feedback loop.
Will it work? Who knows. At this point, I’m willing to try just about anything. I’m doing this with my naturopath, who does cosmetic procedures as part of her practice. I trust her, and she thinks it’s a good idea, so what the heck, might as well give it a go. Fingers crossed!
There’s an update here.
My new book, Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a holistic, everything up to and including the kitchen sink look at how to put together the pieces of your unique depression puzzle. It’s available on Amazon and other online retailers, as well as the MH@H Store.