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.
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.
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.
Do not self-medicate or go off any medicines you may be taking for depression without consulting your doctor.
Teens who are depressed may turn to drugs to self-medicate.