Tips on when to self-medicate

Do you self-medicate?

What are the precautions you need to take when buying medicine over the counter?

Registered clinical psychologist Cassandra Govender says sometimes we need to trust doctors to diagnose and give treatment.

Govender says for many people, regardless of job, family background, race, religion and healthy lifestyles, medication is essential in maintaining a healthy mental state.

However, she says, looking up symptoms on the internet and self-medicating can be dangerous at times.

There are many things we need in order to be happy individuals, whether it is psychologically, medically, spiritually.

Cassandra Govender, Registered clinical psychologist

People see medication as a cure. A lot of people will go to GPs or doctors and get an antidepressant and feel that it is going to be enough to get them through their challenges.

Cassandra Govender, Registered clinical psychologist

It is so important that we understand the way we talk about things. A lot of people don't understand when you use words like 'last resort, or you shouldn't just jump to medication' you are bringing up a stigmatised kind of statement.

Cassandra Govender, Registered clinical psychologist

You have people who look at medication and think that makes them weak for having to take it when, in fact, it is really important to take the medication.

Cassandra Govender, Registered clinical psychologist

If you medicate a depression when it is a bipolar mood, you can trigger mania. So for me, if you are going to self-medicate with psychiatric medication do consult a psychiatrist. You never know how your body will react to the medicines.

Cassandra Govender, Registered clinical psychologist

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