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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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7% of subjects with a baseline anxiety disorder who did not self-medicate with alcohol at baseline developed an incident alcohol use disorder.
The greater willingness to self-medicate skin problems among Azerbaijanis is expected to have a substantial impact on sales.
Some will self-medicate at the rst sign whereas others do so after the symptoms have developed further.
He has taken medications on and off but prefers to self-medicate with a 6-pack of beer at night while watching sports on television.
leftover antibiotics - and many would self-medicate next time they got ill.
The state of the economy, lifestyles, cultures, and the condition of medical care all contribute to the percentage of people that seek to self-medicate.
NEW YORK -- While market research shows that nearly half of all Americans self-medicate with herbal remedies, evidence is emerging that some of these formulas can counteract the effectiveness of certain over-the-counter stomach medicines, and that other herbal remedies may actually be the cause of stomach problems for many users.
Most women obtain the abortion pill and self-medicate, and then come to ensure the abortion is complete.
Even on cold (read: 60 degrees) days, they are still an effective way to self-medicate against misery.
You have a double-whammy effect when you become dependent--you lose the good guys and gain the brain stress system--so you continue to self-medicate with your drug of choice.
Prescription painkillers are extremely addicting, and teens who self-medicate for relatively minor pain can become addicted quickly.
I would probably say that we tend to self-medicate or self-heal," Len Chatman agreed.