NY Times OpEd, Don’t Worry Get Botox, in Today’s Paper

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NYTimesOpEd032314I am speechless as I hold in my hands and read today’s NY Times newspaper and the Sunday Review Op Ed piece by Richard A. Friedman – Don’t Worry, Get Botox, where he discusses my latest research study on Botox to treat depression.  Co-authored by my friend and colleague Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, the famed psychiatrist who first discovered Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy to treat it, is slated for publication in May in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. This type of media acknowledgement will surely jumpstart the public’s interest in the study findings. When my pilot study involving 10 depressed patients was published in May 2006, I landed on Good Morning America, the Washington Post front page and countless other media outlets. Thankfully their reporting helped millions of people suffering from clinical depression learn of an alternative treatment, and it spurned more research. A German and Swiss study on Botox to treat depression published in 2012 found similar promising results. Although the use of botulinum toxin to treat depression is currently in the investigational stages, it is not FDA approved for this indication. It is my hope that even more research will be conducted in this area.  Read Dr. Richard A. Friedman’s NY Times Op Ed story.

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