self-medication love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Medication of oneself without professional supervision to alleviate an illness or condition, as by using an over-the-counter drug or preparation.

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  • n. Medication of oneself without professional advice in order to treat a real or imagined condition.


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  • In time, efforts at self-medication may become a problem greater than the original one, as your direction in life becomes cloudier.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • In The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs, Dr. Julie Holland, a psychatrist and emergency physician, explains that the hiding and lying of illegal and prohibited drug use leads to a pervasive feeling of shame, and that shame creates more of the intensely negative feelings and emotional states that lead to self-medication as a means of escape.

    Charles Shaw: Chasing Amy: Prohibition & the Infantilization Of Addiction

  • It is always a coping mechanism of sorts, self-medication to deal with stress, and a means of giving oneself a sense of control over oneself, especially because one cannot control one's environment and life events.

    Edison Peña's marathon of endurance

  • Indeed, talking points on both the right and left wings continue to argue that the post-Lehman, AIG implosion crisis that led to TARP, with global markets shutting down and more sirens and flashing lights than at Fukushima, was not really a meltdown, but just a few days of pain that would have cleared itself up through either self-medication (from the right) or nationalization (from the left).

    Robert Teitelman: Tett on TARP and the Apocalypse

  • And into counseling or group therapy before her adventures in self-medication ended in razor blades and blood again.

    Etched in Bone

  • I read later that self-medication through substance abuse can temporarily relieve inner anguish but also obscure symptoms of depression.

    History of a Suicide

  • In fact, obsession is a leitmotif of the book: researching it, Bathurst notes, "I kept bumping up against the same thing, that bicycles are just a form of self-medication for the obsessed."

    The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathurst – review

  • It was a more innocent era, and these kind of things came as big, adolescent, crises of disillusionment that required ample self-medication.

    Boing Boing

  • Add the self-medication of drink, and hey presto: the alcoholic manic depressive!

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • No amount of reflective listening or positive spin or self-medication was going to change it: after forty-plus years, I'm pretty much a formed human being.

    My Husband Came Back, Now What?


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