When You're Down, It Shows

It's apparent on your face

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDayNews) -- When you look sick, it usually means you have a runny nose and your eyes are red and baggy. But what happens when you feel emotionally ill?

According to University of Michigan researchers, one of the key signs of emotional distress is facial asymmetry.

As reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, symmetry, when the two sides of the face look like each other, is known to be a standard of good looks and sexual attractiveness.

But when you're sick or emotionally upset, the two sides actually get unbalanced, and you really don't look as good.

And if you're having emotional problems, the lack of symmetry may be the only outward sign that something is wrong, the researchers say.

Last Updated: