A 46-year-old member asked:
what will my psychiatrist say if i told her i was self medicating with drugs?
3 doctor answers • 12 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Self-medicating: Your psychiatrist likely will not be suprised, as psychiatric brain illness and substance abuse often co-exist. Over 8.9million people in us are suffering from both. Often people self-medicate (numb out) but then develop a secondary illness (addiction). Drugs interfere with the brain's functioning and with medication treatment benefits. Please, be honest with your psychmd for your sake!
5k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Question why: Your doctor would probably ask you what symptoms you were having, and what drugs you were taking. The doctor would also wants to know what response you got.
4.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not good choice: Self-medication doesn't work so well. The things we take or do to diminish bad feelings actually increase them in the long run, or even in the not-so-long run.. Self -medicating —can cause the after effects and adverse reactions. Psych. should discourage self medication clearly and specificallly.
3.9k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated May 8, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.