Is there a relationship between depression and facial appearance? -- Round 2

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

Focus of this round: What will the depression cause?

Feeling sad or anxious at times is a normal part of life, but if these feelings last more than two weeks they could be symptoms of depression. [1] If you match the feeling below for more than two weeks, you might get depression: [2][3]

  • Avoiding eye contact, moving eyes downwards or away, slow eye blinking rate (unless any of these could be considered normal behavior in any individual.
  • Slow or increased body movement, again not regarded as the norm.
    Speaking slowly in monotonous voice or unusually rapid talk, or talking gibberish.*
  • Prolonged low mood, a sense of hopelessness, feeling heavy, down or desperate, generally accompanied by suicidal ideations. This would be more than a simple reaction to an upsetting event or emotional upheaval, but an acute response that becomes a chronic problem.
  • Restlessness, irritability, feeling of being on the edge, or inexplicable tension and stress when external stress loads are not significantly different from normal.
  • Anger, sometimes appearing more like the heightened emotions experienced during the manic episode, but it is almost always present in a person with depression; it may, however, be quietly percolating within and not show violently on the outside, at least not initially. This is sometimes directed at the people you love most and can shock you when it comes out.[4]
  • Delayed response times. An individual will consume an unusual length of time in formulating a reply to a question, and may seem distracted, or too busy inside their head.
  • A developed practice of being distant or disengaged, uninvolved with things that usually matter, negligent towards loved ones.

What does the depression lead to: [3][4]

  • Low self-esteem, feelings of being a failure, overly comparing oneself to others, and feelings of great inadequacy dominating what was once a balanced sense of self.
  • Thoughts of suicide, fantasies of suicide, talk of suicide; this may manifest in a knee-jerk reaction to suicidal thoughts when a formerly normal reaction would be to find a solution to a problem.
  • Insomnia, sleep interruptions or oversleeping are some of the very common complaints from individuals who suffer from depression. The fear of not being able to sleep leads to a new pathway to the depression and weaker the depressed chaos. In addition, lack of sleep will damage the body health that will cause more illness. 
    • “My sleep schedule is backwards. I want to sleep all day but then can’t sleep at night because I’m sad I didn’t do anything all day.” — Kalene P.[5]
  • Nightmares are another sleep-related indicator of depression.

The diagram following can show the impact on the body because of the depression. 

Besides, the depression could impact people physically. For example, people might: [3]

  • Degree of self-neglect can be seen in appearance, for example, poor hygiene and personal grooming.
  • Slouched posture, staring at the ground.
  • Wearing the same clothes several days in a row, or never changing out of pajamas.
  • Ances. From Schuster's interview, we could know that Ranee A, who used get depression, said that “acne. I’ve always had minimum maintenance complexion. Then during this decade of depression, it just seems that my skin has gone backwards. On my face, on my back and chest. And dry skin where I’ve never had problems before too. ” [5]

In conclusion, the depression would affect the body system, for example, people cannot go to sleep as usual, and they might lose their appetite. Hence, after a long-term, there will be some physical influence hurt the depressed people. For instance, the skin condition will get worse. 

Because the depression could lead to many consequences more than I collect above, we should actually understand the ponderance and directly facing it. 

  1. The Effects of Depression in Your Body. (n.d.). Retrieved from 
  2. (n.d.). Retrieved from
  3. (n.d.). Depression Symptoms & Signs. Retrieved from
  4. American Psychiatric Association (2000a). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (Fourth Edition, Text Revision: DSM-IV-TR ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-0-89042-025-6. P349-P350
  5. Schuster, S. (n.d.). 17 Surprising Physical Symptoms of Depression. Retrieved from 
Original Post

Hi Ivy!

Great job with this round of research. This is well organized, and I appreciate how clear the citations are. It certainly is a fascinating topic... the widespread and severe nature of these effects are shocking, especially those that involve the body's response (like constricted blood vessels). 

For your next round of research, I wonder if it might be helpful to try branching out your sources from review articles or information websites to scientific websites. The only reason I mention this is because a couple of your sources don't reference where the information is coming from, and in a world where so much misinformation floats around, I think it's quite important to ensure what we share is coming from a reliable source. For example, one of your sources is a blog, and the author specifically posted this disclaimer:

"I’ve written the larger part of the content on this website, some of which (more precisely those in the field of narcissism) are entirely my ideas, methods, developments and nontraditional ways of looking at mental illnesses. I’ve read & researched a lot in & around psychology, however, keep in mind that I do not have any type of degree or education in related institutions."

So the information being posted is quite opinion based, as the author admits to the content not coming from scientific sources.

If you're looking to try finding some more reliable sources, some great search engines to try are Google Scholar, NCBI, or PubMed. Good luck, and amazing work with this!

Hello Ivy,

This round was very informative to read, I really liked how you put it into a list of what could be some possible symptoms of being depressed are, as that made it easier to read it as there was no filler information that would have no purpose other then filling space, direct to the point of what it’s supposed to be, I like it. I also really liked your picture, as it did really show more information on how depression could effect not you not only mentally but also physically, though it’s slightly difficult to read the small sprint on the picture as it appears blurry, though that might just be my computer not wanting too render the photo properly. I also really enjoyed the list of what depression causes as a lot of them surprised me, as a lot of them would never come to mind when thinking about depression, I really enjoyed reading this round, and have learned quite a bit, I cant wait to see your next round.

Here are some websites that may be of use to you in your next round:

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