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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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Much of the self-admitted drug abuse appears to be attempts to self-medicate a medical condition
Ms Thew said: "This is an individual who overlooked her own medical problems, who describes herself as a very poor patient and unfortunately took the opportunity to self-medicate.
In a multivariate analysis, the investigators found that male gender, single status, and age of 30 years or younger emerged as risk factors for use of psychoactive substances--either with or without health care--to self-medicate.
Far more life-altering than the physical damage is the post-traumatic stress disorder that leaves him increasingly disoriented, hostile, withdrawn, and turning to alcohol to self-medicate.
I would probably say that we tend to self-medicate or self-heal," Len Chatman agreed.
Because Americans typically self-medicate long before they seek professional medical help, BioSentinel Solutions recently patented technology in use since 2002 to aid in the detection of possible pandemics or bioterror threats.
Women with mental health disorders sometimes self-medicate with cannabis and/or tobacco.
There certainly are people who self-medicate, but the danger we're talking about is the growing evidence that use itself may be triggering and may be worsening the onset of mental health problems," ONDCP Director John Walters said at a Washington press briefing.
He also tried to self-medicate with alcohol to make the pain and disability bearable.
Likewise, substance abuse, whether it's cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or food, may represent a futile attempt to self-medicate for depression.
Others may attempt to self-medicate by taking fewer pills once they start feeling better.
But if you've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I don't think you should self-medicate your thyroid troubles.