Self-medication is one of the negative coping mechanisms that many people resort to when they aren’t sure how to handle stressful situations. Many people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to numb or “cope” with their feelings. However, self-medication is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious health consequences, including addiction, worsening mental health symptoms, and even death. Self-medication examples include:
- Drinking when you have anxiety
- Using drugs when you feel upset
- Eating junk food after heartbreak
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