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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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"However, they are still self-medicating, just [like] the individual taking an aspirin for a headache without consulting a physician."
FRESHERS and university students are being warned of the possible dangers to their health from self-prescribing and self-medicating with powerful prescription medicines.
A MAN whose home was raided by police after he ordered illegal drugs online has avoided jail after a judge heard he had been self-medicating his ADHD.
As regards the academic effect on self-medication, 61.8% of students gained knowledge which made them safer for self-medication, and being more careful when self-medicating was the most frequent change in students' practice of self-medication.
However, he warned against self-medicating with large amounts of the herbs, saying: "Concentrations of curcumin and silymarin that are too high could be harmful to people.
The rising disposable income levels of many consumers in Hong Kong are likely to drive their willingness to seek professional help, including from doctors and beauty salons, when faced with skin problems rather than self-medicating with OTC products.
While comparing Bieber's rapid rise to fame with her own, Hawn said that today's young generation of celebrities are self-medicating and that is the most dangerous thing for them.
However, the self-medicating behavior does have limits.
The HPA's Dr Cliodna McNulty said self-medicating was unsafe and could fuel
Summary: Three days in to the work week, senior accountant Janet D'Souza knew her flu she wouldn't go away by self-medicating with aspirin and lozenges.
The 80s icon said: "I wanted to give up all the self-medicating things I was doing.
Judge Stephanie Sautner said she believes that Lohan's problem isn't substance abuse but self-medicating to relieve deeper problems, TMZ reports.