24 January 2012

The results of a small study could give hope to people suffering with depression. Ten clinically depressed patients who had not responded to traditional treatments such as medication and counselling were offered Botox injections to paralyse the facial muscles which allow a person to frown. According to Sonja Lyumbomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, nine out of the ten patients were no longer considered to be depressed. The patients were all women and those who saw positive results did so after just two months of having the non-surgical treatment, often used for cosmetic reasons.The theory behind the study was said to be that if a person looks happier and more open, people will respond in a more positive way, thus making the person feel more positive about the situation. While the study was small, it could prove to be a useful starting point for further research into the health benefits of Botox.