Using Botox to Treat Depression (and Other News)

woman getting botox injectionA Maryland dermatologist’s observation that Botox seemed to help his patients cope with depression might not be just an anecdote. Three small but recent studies have all shown improvements in depressive symptoms among patients who get Botox injections. It could be that nerves in the face that connect to the brain play a role in depression.

Women Addicted to Drugs in Iran Begin Seeking Treatment Despite Taboo

Most opium traveling from Afghanistan to the rest of the world goes through Iran, leading to a much higher opium addiction in the area. About 3 million of the country’s 76 million inhabitants have substance abuse problems, and 700,000 of the people who have addiction are women. But drug addiction is a taboo in Iran, particularly for women, who can be sentenced to death for drug-related crimes.

Just outside of Tehran, though, a drug addiction facility designed to help women recover from the clutches of drug abuse has opened its doors. Most of the women use opium or methamphetamine, and many choose to use in female-frequented locations such as beauty salons. This secrecy and shame contributes to the challenges of addiction, but the Iranian addiction center hopes to combat this stigma and help women improve their lives without resorting to drugs.

Study Shows That Impulsivity Is Risk Factor for Food Addiction

If you’ve ever gotten halfway through a snack before realizing how much you’ve eaten, you know that food decisions can be impulsive. A new study verifies this commonsense connection. The study emphasizes that impulsive personality traits are not easily controlled, and can be correlated with unhealthy addictions to food. The study comes in the wake of Rosie O’Donnell’s recent comparison of her eating habits to alcoholism.

Autism-Related Protein Shown to Play Vital Role in Addiction

A protein associated with autism that can lead to a form of mental condition called fragile X mental retardation may also play a role in addiction. The protein, known as FMRP, is a leading cause of autism. A recent study suggests that this protein could also play a role in addiction; substances such as cocaine use the protein to facilitate changes in the brain associated with addiction.

Tackling Test Anxiety May Help Prevent More Severe Problems

It’s easy for adults to forget the fear of taking a test and coming home with a bad grade. But a new study emphasizes the effect test anxiety can have on students’ well-being. Researchers found that, when students learned skills for managing test anxiety, their anxiety about other matters decreased as well.

This Is Your Brain on Meditation: Brain Processes More Thoughts, Feelings, During Meditation, Study Shows

If you’ve ever experienced relaxation after a meditation session, you might feel that meditating quiets your thoughts. Nondirective meditation, which encourages a focus on breathing and permits the mind to wander, can result in an increase in thoughts. Recent research looked at 14 people hooked up to an MRI machine while engaged in nondirective meditation. The group’s brain activity increased rather than decreasing. This suggests that nondirected meditation could allow the mind to process thoughts and feelings in a safe, relaxing manner.

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  • Rhea

    Rhea

    May 16th, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Think about this- Botox is generally going to be something that makes a woman feel good about herself. She is going to look better one would hope and for many women this is going to equal to feeling better too. This might not work for everyone but I know that I am the same way- when I look good and feel like I look good then it makes me feel better. So I don’t think that it has to be some kind of scientific nerve connection or anything like that, it could just be that it works because mentally this make sa woman feel better about herself.

  • tori vee

    tori vee

    May 17th, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Then wouldn’t it be safe to say that tendencies to be impulsive could play a role in anyone’s addictions? If this is true with food addiction then I don’t see how it could be any different with drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.

  • Steven

    Steven

    May 17th, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I always had severe test anxiety in school. Iwas the kid who did better on pop quizzes than on the ones that I knew about ahead of time and could actually study for because I did not have any time to worry about how I would perform on thsoe. This is still something that plagues me from time to time although not nearly as badly as it did when I was younger and I think that in general a lot of that is due to the fact that I am pretty confident in who I am now versus how I always felt as a younger kid and teenager. I am not just focused on how I am going to do on that one test and I have also come to learn that one performance is not at all what will define me as a success or not.

  • Melanie

    Melanie

    May 19th, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    So I have a question for you- is it that drug abuse is so taboo in Iran for everyone or just for women? I am not an advocate of using drugs but it would seem to me so hypocritical and such a double standard if men can find drug abuse treatment freely but yet again the women are scorned for needing the very same thing. I am telling you I don’t understand these societies that are built around bringing women down like they are nothing. I just don’t get that concept at all and it has nothing to do with religion or being disdainful of Islam but I just don’t understand how women, the creators f life, can be looked down upon so much

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