In a peculiar about-face, psychiatry has taken a page from the aesthetician's playbook. Recent research suggests that the frown of depression is anything but superficial and should not be taken at face value. Wiping that expression off your face is the latest treatment for depression. And Botox, America's favorite neurotoxin, allows for this therapeutic loss of face.
You might wonder how someone thought they could get funding to research the idea that if depressed people didn't look so sad they'd feel better. It turns out that they were onto something. Their findings happen to be grounded in some of the most fascinating neuroscience.