Inquiry Question: Is there a relationship between depression and facial appearance?

Hello, everyone. This is my first inquiry round in this semester. Recently, I realized mental health raises higher concern among the public, such as the news and magazines. I got a few friends who ever got depression but are cured now. They used to tell me about their experience so that I decide to write an inquiry about depression. And I hope, through reading my inquiry, the people with depression could be understood by others. Because depression is a kind of mental disease, people usually think it will only lead to an emotional change; however, it may influence facial appearance as well. Superficially, depression can cause inner chaos such as hormone unbalance, which may lead to an outer change further. Besides, the reason I want to do the question is that my original intention of trying to help more depressed people. As what we know, depression is hard to detect, if there’re possible means to help the people in need, we can prevent the situation going worse.

Three Rounds Focus:

  1.       Why people get depression?
  2.       What will the depression cause?
  3.       How to relieve depression?


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Original Post

Hey Ivy!

I really like your inquiry question as sometimes we assume that only those who look physically sad are those who have a mental illness. It is important to remember that sometimes those who smile or joke the most are the ones who need support. I like the main focuses of your three rounds; however, just make sure that you are able to also talk about facial appearance throughout your research in order to answer your question.

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:

Hey Ivy;

Your research must be of great importance to all of us, directly or indirectly depressed or even not aware of the entire topic. Emotions may never be entirely conveyed by word of mouth alone. Depression may not as well be expressed by physical appearance or acts. Similarly, facial appearance should not be used to determine the internal feelings of a person. Apparently, people associate a sad face or a negative face to paining emotions. Well maybe sad or negative feelings do not compose depression. By analyzing even the minute neural reaction in someones face, maybe one would find out whether or not a person is distressed. I hope to find out more about Facial expressions versus Distress in your research. 

Hey Ivy,

I like that in your question you aren't just viewing individuals with depression from a vastly outer perspective, but instead, you are viewing them as someone who has been close to depressed individuals. I think it would be really interesting if you investigated some of the modern reasons people will become depressed, why so many people are depressed, and what age groups depression is most common in. Moreover, you could look into historic depression and see the way that society's view of depression has morphed over the years.

Here are a couple sites that may help you:

Good luck with your research, I look forward to seeing what you uncover

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