self-medicate

verb
self-med·​i·​cate | \ ˌself-ˈme-di-ˌkāt How to pronounce self-medicate (audio) \
self-medicated; self-medicating; self-medicates

Definition of self-medicate

1 transitive : to treat (something) by self-medication people who attempt to self-medicate depression
2 intransitive : to treat oneself by self-medication self-medicated with analgesics to control arthritic pain These courts are a lifeline for veterans, many of whom struggle with post-traumatic stress and brain injury when they return home after serving, often using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.— Claire Handscombe

First Known Use of self-medicate

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of self-medicate was in 1902

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“Self-medicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-medicate. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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self-medicate

verb
self-med·​i·​cate | \ -ˈmed-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce self-medicate (audio) \
self-medicated; self-medicating

Medical Definition of self-medicate

transitive verb

: to treat by self-medication the patient had attempted to self-medicate depression

intransitive verb

: to treat oneself by self-medication patients with dental pain often self-medicate with analgesics

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