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self-medication

(sĕlf′mĕd′ĭ-kā′shən)
n.
Medication of oneself without professional supervision to treat an illness or condition, as by using an over-the-counter drug or preparation.

self′-med′i·cate′ v.

self-medication

Psychiatry The consumption of a substance, without physician imput, to compensate for any medical or psychological condition. See Over-the-counter drug.

self-medication

The use of mood-altering substances, such as alcohol or opiates, in an attempt to alleviate depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorders.
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