Self-medicating with art: A guide

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Most of us self-medicate to some degree to manage our emotional needs.

Self-medicating can be done through the use of drugs, alcohol, and other substances to deal with a plethora of negative emotions, including stress, anxiety, and depression.

Some people also self-medicate with excessive food, videogames, or watching TV. 

Self-medicating can be defined as a behavior in which an individual uses a substance or any exogenous influence to self-administer treatment for physical or psychological ailments. In other words, we can self-medicate with almost anything as a way to escape from the emotional discomfort or anguish we feel. 

Self-medicating is often harmful because we gravitate towards negative influences to deal with our emotional needs and discomforts. We eat junk food. We light a cigarette. We grab a drink to unwind after work, every single day. We stuff ourselves with cookies and ice-cream to help us forget our sadness.

But, what if, instead, we self-medicated with art to banish our boredom and anxiety?  Self-medicating with art: A guide