facial expressions and depression

How Body Language Affects Depression

How Body Language Affects Depression

Sometimes depression creeps up from out of nowhere. It may be surprising to learn that depression could be triggered by the body language you are being exposed to—facial expressions, body positioning, personal space…or a lack thereof. Subtle facial expressions, which may be largely unrecognizable, could slowly be causing psychological distress. The signals we send each other come not just from the words we hear, but also when, where, and how they are spoken to us. All of us read faces when we speak with each other, since it helps us gauge our interactions. But, what most do not do is actively regulate our exposure to negativity from the body language we receive. Sometimes, it may not be possible to do so, so there are other ways—through pharmaceuticals and mindfulness—to reduce the impact of your exposure instead.