How Treating Wrinkles May Also Relieve Depression | TIME.com


It’s a popular cosmetic treatment but early data hints that Botox could have a role in treating not just aging, but mental illness as well.And the connection may actually be skin deep. Data now suggests that treating frown lines and erasing the outward signs of aging may actually lift spirits among people with depression.As odd and superficial as it sounds, the connection actually derives from a significant body of research. The idea that physical expressions of emotion influence our experience of feelings goes back to Charles Darwin, who studied emotions in both animals and humans in various cultures. Darwin referred to the frown muscles as the “grief muscles,” and connected frowns to feelings of sadness.

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