The dangers of self-medication
We often hear about people who "self-medicate" and this term is often used with negative connotations. It is understood that way, since many people choose remedies that they think are the most appropriate, but in reality, they are not. One of the most common situations in which self-medication is used is when you want to fight depression or anxiety.
The idea of self-medication, even when dealing with "smaller" health problems, can cause major complications. People tend to take medications without thinking about the consequences and do not realize that the choice of self-medication can make us prone to allergies and even drug addiction.
Although we think that taking medicine when we suffer from some type of pain, however small, can be an instant relief, in reality, what we don't realize, is that it is not exempt from side effects. Sometimes, a patient may be on medication prescribed for different health problems and self-medication can cause adverse reactions. This is because a drug may react differently when it is consumed with another drug.
There is very little, if any, awareness of the consequences of self-medication. When we feel bad or have a problem, it is considered a normal habit to take medicines that we think will help us, and not even check the composition of the medication, nor know the side effects of it on our body. The fact that it is such a common habit in our society makes many people self-medicate without going to the doctor.