21-Jul-14 3:45 PM  CST

New Treatments In Depression: Botox Injections

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 10 Americans report suffering from depression. It is a condition that can be totally cured for some, while others find their condition can be managed with medication and/or therapy. 

            Dr. Eric Finzi, a dermatologist in Maryland, has pioneered the use of Botox in the treatment of depression. Botox is best known for smoothing out wrinkles in the face by paralyzing muscles or blocking nerves. Dr. Finzi has also used the Botox treatments to help treat not only depression, but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder as well. The good news is that the Botox treatments have helped many individuals suffering from depression.  The bad news is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Botox in the treatment of depression and many insurance companies will not cover the treatments, leaving patients with the burden of having to pay out of pocket for the injections.

            Some experts say people going through depression feel better with the Botox treatments because if they don’t look depressed then they will not feel depressed.  Female patients say they also feel better because their skin is smoother and this positive side-effect helps with their condition.

            Finzi recently commented on the Botox treatments in a report for Today.com. “Your emotions are actually created, in part, by your face.  People can control their emotions to some extent. Botox is an inhibitor of nerve transmission, so the muscle can’t fire. The same muscle in the forehead is involved not just with sadness, but also anger and fear,” said Finzi.

            Do you think the FDA will approve the injections for depression? Do you think insurance companies will eventually cover the treatment? Give us your thoughts and opinions!

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: 

1. Flam, Lisa. “Depressed?  Botox Just Might Help You Feel Better.” Today.com. Web. Date of Access: 20 July 2014.

2.  Spector, Paul. “Looking Depression In The Face: Botox As Antidepressant.” Huffington Post. Web. Date of Access: 20 July 2014.

 

 


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Source: Jennifer S. O’Reilly  

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