Meaning of self-medicator in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfˈmɛdɪkeɪtə/


  • A person who administers drugs or other remedies to himself or herself without advice from a medical practitioner. Also: a person who uses narcotics, alcohol, etc., in an attempt to alleviate depression, anxiety, or another condition.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Waterloo (Iowa) Evening Courier. From self- + medicator, after self-medicate.