In this medical video learn how Botox may just help eliminate depression.
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Jennifer Matthews: Rainy days used to bring Kathleen Delano down. She's suffered from depression since her 20s and says anti-depressants and therapy didn't help. Kathleen Delano: I wasn't suicidal, but I wasn't interested in getting out of bed. I wasn't interested in talking or communicating with friends or family. Jennifer Matthews: Then she enrolled in a study testing the effects of Botox on depression. Dermatologic surgeon Dr. Eric Finzi conducted the pilot trial to test his theory that preventing a patient's facial frown in their brow would make it difficult to feel sadness. Dr. Eric Finzi: To feel emotions, you have to express it on the face. Jennifer Matthews: The study involved 10 patients who were diagnosed as clinically depressed. Dr. Finzi injected a normal dose of Botox into their brows, which contain muscles that control a frown. Two months later, nine out of 10 patients were no longer clinically depressed. Dr. Eric Finzi: You're basically preventing people from expressing those sad and angry emotions on their face. Somehow, that's feeding back directly to the brain. Jennifer Matthews: Results are gradual, not immediate. They take a week or two to kick in. Kathleen Delano: It's not like you take the Botox and 'Hallelujah, I'm healed.. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Finzi says this initial data is promising, but he believes a larger study with more patients is still needed. Kathleen is already a believer. Kathleen Delano: Really feeling for the first time in a lot of years that I'm free of depression. Jennifer Matthews: No longer depressed, she's not singing in the rain, but now she can smile through it. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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