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26 April 2009


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I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around this study on Botox and depression. Are we talking about people who were using anti-depressants or are we talking about people who reported feeling blue?

In cases of depression with a chemical origin, it seems that forcing a smile (essentially) would ultimately be distressing.

I'm not convinced by this study either. The sample size is small, and apparently drawn from the researcher's dermatology practice, which is hardly a random sample. Depression is much more complicated than simply the brain responding to frowning, and the researcher's field is dermatology, not psychology. My feel is that the study measures level of happiness, not depression.

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