Have you ever felt bad enough that you noticed a difference one day, but not enough to visit a doctor? Do you ever feel tempted to take medication that has not been prescribed for you or use over the counter drugs to help alleviate your problems? If so, you are considering self-medicating.
There are times when this is a safe method of treatment, especially when a minor headache or seasonal allergies are the problem. However, if there is something more to your unexplained symptoms, you may be doing yourself harm by not seeking medical help.
Sometimes, making an appointment with a doctor to talk about symptoms that you have been experiencing lately seems inconvenient and expensive, especially for those who do not have health insurance. Often, self-medicating can seem like the better option. However, unexplained symptoms can indicate a more serious condition that can go undiagnosed and actually worsen without proper treatment from a professional.
Self-medication means using prescription or over the counter drugs without consulting a doctor first. Self-medicating commonly occurs when people have a cold, unexplained pain, depression, anxiety symptoms and more. While treating seasonal allergies or the common cold without consulting a doctor is harmless enough, choosing to self-medicate in the event that mental health disorder symptoms are present can be detrimental in the long run. It's important to seek professional help in these cases.
There is a great deal of risk that come with self-medicating including the following:
- Drug abuse or addiction
- Side effects due to inaccurate medications
- Symptom masking
- Avoiding helpful medical advice
- Mixing medications and causing unsafe results
- Accidental overdose
- Risk of furthering issues or causing a more serious condition
Any time a mental illness is suspected, it's natural to become nervous and unsure of what might happen next. However, that doesn't mean self-medicating is the answer. It's dangerous and can cause even more problems. Taking the wrong types of medicine, too much, and more can be risky.
Self-medicating is a dangerous practice. It is better to consult a medical physician or other type of professional. Self-medicating could lead to the masking of a more serious condition, accidental overdose due to not knowing how much or how little to take, the risk of furthering your current problem and more. It's not worth the risk to try and medicate yourself when you feel bad enough to worry about what's wrong. Instead, seek help.
We understand that you may be experiencing symptoms that are worrisome. However, there are professionals out there that can help. When symptoms of mental illness are noticeable, don't hesitate. Contact Legacy Freedom today.
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