I'm wondering if you can help me. I'm not sure whether I'm experiencing depression or burnout that's led to a TIA (ministroke) but either way, it's left me physically unable to smile properly and my face now radiates a fixed droopy demeanour. This means all of a sudden meeting new people is practically impossible due to almost immediate social rejection.
I've attached some before and after photos so you can see the difference. It's not that I'm feeling sad or down in the after-shots, that's literally now how my face looks when I attempt to make a smile. I can't seem to make (or even fake) a smile anymore, yet no matter what the circumstances were previously, I could easily.
The reason I'm not sure it's depression is because I know if I can come across properly again and connect with others well then my life can improve. But this face thing is seriously getting in the way. Also when I go to tell a story, the words I need don't come to mind so what comes out is a disjointed, sometimes confusing babble and I get lost halfway through. So I'm struggling to make any kind of relationship work. The muscles around my lips also feel different and my mouth feels stiff when I talk. Are these depression signs or should I be looking elsewhere?
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