self-medication


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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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WSMI aims to create and maintain an international environment intended to improve the opportunities for people to manage their own health through the responsible use of safe and effective self-medication products.
Observation by infants of their mothers' feeding behaviour is an early mechanism of knowledge acquisition (see Huffman & Seifu 1989 for the self-medication context).
Unless you suffer from a medical condition, in which case your doctor will advise you on what vitamins and how much to take as supplements, avoiding their self-medication is a healthy attitude.
I'm not bipolar and I have made no secret of the fact that my descent into the hell of self-medication was a result of suffering depression and not the cause of it.
2) Medicines for self-medication are often called 'non-prescription' or 'over the counter' (OTC) drugs and can be purchased without a doctor's prescription, from pharmacies and some from non-pharmacy retail outlets.
8 million people annually dying as a result of being overweight or obese, it's time for South Africans to take stock, says the Self-Medication Association of South Africa (SMASA).
But in recent years, the list of animal pharmacists has grown much longer, and it now appears that the practice of animal self-medication is a lot more widespread than previously thought.
Washington, April 12 (ANI: The practice of animal self-medication is a lot more widespread than previously thought, American researchers say.
He linked the increasing infant mortality rate to poor nutrition, improper care of pregnant mothers, self-medication and short birth intervals.
Production manager Milton Batres, said that, starting a year ago, self-medication pharmaceuticals in Guatemala began to make inroads into the South American and Mexican markets.
Summary: OTC analgesics registered 10% current value growth in 2010 - a strong performance that indicates that self-medication remains strongly present, even if it is slowly losing out to prescription drugs due to improved social security refunds.
Using Khantzian's self-medication hypothesis as a starting point for the research, the author provides students and researchers in the fields of sociology, psychology and criminology with a new perspective on drug use prevention strategies.