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what will my psychiatrist say if i told her i was self medicating with drugs?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Caroline Cribari
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!
Dr. Samuel Miles
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.
Dr. Humberto Quintana
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.

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Last updated May 8, 2016

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