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What do you think the woman in the picture is doing?
2024/06/08

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This photograph, taken in Budapest in 1937, captures a moving moment: a woman wearing a special mask and smiling in the mirror. More than just an image, it is a piece of history that tells the story of the fight against depression and shows the courage and innovation of people facing mental health problems.

The woman in the photograph is wearing a peculiar mask that is uniquely designed to be fixed to the bridge of her nose and chin, with smiling lips painted on the front of the mask.

The mask was designed to help people suffering from depression or other mood disorders to learn how to smile again. In those days, mental health issues were not widely recognised and understood, and treatment options for depression were limited. As a result, the mask became an innovative attempt to physically help patients change their facial expressions to affect their emotional state.

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The woman in the photo looks in the mirror and seems to be observing how she looks in the mask. There is a hint of curiosity and self-reflection in her eyes. The reflection in the mirror may be a smile she hasn't seen in a long time. The mask is not just a therapeutic tool, but a symbol of her struggle with depression. Through this mask, she is trying to find her smile, her inner peace and happiness.

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