Botox as an Alternative Depression Treatment – The Face of Emotion

Can Botox treat depression? Eric Finzi, MD, PhD, one of Washington, D.C.’s most renowned dermatological surgeons, has been studying this exact phenomenon for nearly two decades and he believes in this alternative treatment for depression. In THE FACE OF EMOTION: How Botox Affects Our Mood and Relationships (Palgrave Macmillan), Finzi reveals shocking evidence that our facial expressions are not secondary to, but rather a central driving force of our emotions. In his studies, Dr. Finzi discovered that using Botox to manipulate expression had a positive effect on clinically depressed patients. By inhibiting their ability to frown, patients found themselves in a state of relief rather than despair. These findings add a new potential alternative method of treating depression.

Through clinical experience and original research, Dr. Finzi effectively demonstrates how physically changing a person’s face could actually change their disposition. He explores how Botox affects mental health, and how facial expressions can change a person’s relationship with themselves and others. In THE FACE OF EMOTION, readers are presented with a medically and scientifically accurate picture of emotion, with an unexpected psychological twist that questions the origin of feelings.

Eric Finzi, MD, PhD, is the medical director of two dermatology practices in the Washington, DC area. A former Dermatology faculty member at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, he has been featured on Good Morning America, Today Show NY, and A&E, and has contributed to articles in New Scientist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Globe & Mail, and the New York Post among others.