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Botox for Depression [DermTV.com Epi #544]

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Surely we get upset when we see lines and wrinkles appear on our face. In fact, some people might even get depressed. Is then the opposite true as well? If you don't have lines and wrinkles, you'll be happy? Further more, if there's something that can help remove and or prevent lines and wrinkles, would that make us happy? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses whether botox for depression actually works. Subscribe to DermTV: http://www.youtube.com/dermtvdotcom http://DermTV.com Connect with DermTV: http://www.facebook.com/dermtv http://www.twitter.com/dermtv [TRANSCRIPT] Ok... so having lots of lines and wrinkles can be upsetting. As a matter of fact, some people would even say it's depressing! Well, believe it or not, they actually may contribute to clinical depression. If that's the case, then since Botox helps some lines and wrinkles, can Botox help depression? Let's see! So when it comes to our emotional state or well being, who's in charge here? Your brain or your body? Traditionally, we think of the brain being in charge so when it's sad or depressed, we make unpleasant expressions that mirror our emotional state. But a recent medical study suggests we have that all backwards and that in fact, your expressions can exert a powerful influence on your mood. The researchers treated 74 patients who had major depression by injecting their frowning muscles with either Botox or placebo. Six weeks later, 52% of the people who received Botox had significant improvement in their depression, compared to only 15% in the placebo group. Other recent studies have demonstrated similar results on the effect of Botox on mood. The concept that your body is in charge and not your brain is completely contrary to conventional psychological causality in which it's the brain, not the body that determines your emotional state. These studies emphasize one of the most difficult traditional issues in the treatment of depression. Usually the depressed patient blames their lack of interest and participation in normal activities on their depression. But extrapolating from these studies suggests that the depression may be caused by the failure to engage in normal social activities and that only after reconnecting with people and activities will or can the depression get better. So where does that leave us with Botox? If in fact its utility in treating depression is demonstrated on a larger scale, can you imagine the new ads you'll hear about Botox improving the mental health of the world! And, these studies may explain why so many of my Botox patients leave the office so happy and with a huge smile on their face! [ABOUT DERMTV] Everyone can have beautiful, healthy, and younger looking skin, and DermTV, the Internet's daily skincare video show, will demonstrate how by revealing expert tips and techniques and by providing real solutions for real skincare issues. Skincare (whether cosmetic or medical) previously required a trip to your dermatologist or a shopping spree at the pharmacy. And that's if you have a trusted nearby dermatologist or a local informed pharmacy. But not anymore. We at DermTV are committed to making best-in-class dermatology and skincare guidance accessible to everyone, anytime, at your computer. Every weekday, our host, Dr. Neal Schultz, one of New York's most trusted and respected dermatologists, teaches skincare's most timely and timeless issues. Topics include: the best at home techniques and new technology for facial rejuvenation, preventing and fixing sun damage from wrinkles to skin cancer, breaking news in dermatology, general skincare topics, and more.