People may try to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs in order to cope with the anxiety symptoms which might lead to substance abuse problems.
Teens who are depressed may turn to drugs to self-medicate.
Many alcoholics use drinking to "self-medicate" when suffering from personal, social, professional or emotional distress.
It is not possible to simply will yourself to feel better or to successfully self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.
Women also have a greater tendency than men do to self-medicate for emotional reasons, so a program that addresses the trauma and their emotional needs can speed forward recovery.
Without proper diagnosis, such patients may try to self medicate using herbs or supplements such as phenylalanine.
Do not self-medicate or go off any medicines you may be taking for depression without consulting your doctor.
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