self-medication


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self-med·i·ca·tion

(sĕlf′mĕd′ĭ-kā′shən)
n.
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.

self′-medica′tion



n.
the use of medicine without medical supervision to treat one's own ailment.
[1940–45]
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