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1. Medication of oneself without professional supervision to treat an illness or condition, as by using an over-the-counter drug or preparation.
2. The ingestion of a substance, such as alcohol, an illegal drug, or a non-prescribed medicine, as a conscious or unconscious means of coping with a psychological condition, such as anxiety or depression.

self′-med′i·cate′ v.


vi automedicarse, tomar un medicamento sin indicación por un médico
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Stuart, 56, said: "I used to be crippled with anxiety and drink and take cannabis to self-medicate. I had a big breakdown in 1998 and again in 2000 when I was going to take my life.
In our study 96.9% of medical university student and 92.2% of non-medical university students reported that they self-medicate. When asked regarding the frequency of self-medication, it was not surprising to note that 43.8% of the medical students self-medicate at least two to three times a year as compared to 30.4% of non-medical students.
A Montgomery man who, according to his attorney, ordered a 42-pound package of THC-infused chocolates from a California dispensary to self-medicate as he battled cancer, has been sentenced to four years in prison.
THE Oyo State House of Assembly has called on the state government to carry out an overhaul of Primary Health Centres and increase public sensitisation with a view to curbing the tendency for people to self-medicate and abuse drugs.
"I've obviously been sober for seven years and don't compound my illness anymore trying to self-medicate my way through it.
Parents and children can experience depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and use alcohol and illicit drugs to self-medicate, the researchers said.
North Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard he uses the pills to "self-medicate".
Meanwhile, Billy decides to self-medicate his painful tooth with alcohol and painkillers, but it doesn't end well.
Others self-medicate with alcohol and drugs to numb the pain and trauma.
"Huwag po tayong mag self-medicate. Ito po ang aking payo sa ating mga kababayan," [Let us not self-medicate.
In an exclusive chat Lifford, who previously had a number 4 hit with garage duo Artful Dodger, said he used alcohol to self-medicate depression and anxiety.
The Geordie actresspenned a letter to her 16-year-old self, in which she reflected on a journey that initially saw her self-medicate her illness using both drink and drugs.