Does self-medication for mental illness work?

Only trained medical professionals have the expertise to determine the safest and most effective ways to manage the discomfort you feel. Although some drugs may briefly help with mental illness symptoms, sometimes they can also make the symptoms worse and even lead to addiction. Additionally, when a person develops a mental illness, brain changes may enhance the rewarding effects of substances, making it harder to stop using the drugs.3

3 Santucci K. Psychiatric disease and drug abuse. Curr Opin Pediatr 2012;24(2):233-237. doi:10.1097/MOP.0b013e3283504fbf.