Steroids

What are they?

Anabolic steroids are testosterone or testosterone-like drugs which produce greater muscular bulk. They have been used as performance –enhancing and body building drugs by athletes since the late 1950’s. However, steroid use is not limited to professional or top amateur athletes. Increasingly, high school students have reported using steroids to improve athletic ability and look better.

Roid Rage
Steroids can affect individuals in many ways. Changes in emotions is one way. In particular, it is thought steroid use creates fluxuations in a users emotional state. These changes include:

Aggression:
Increased feelings of irritability and aggression
keeping the user  constantly “on the edge”. Thus generating strong feelings of anger or hostility.
Addiction & Dependence:
Steroid users may experience withdrawal symptoms once they discontinue steroid use.

Depression:
When a user discontinues steroid use body size decreases and self-esteem usually lowers. These changes produce a depressive state in the user.

 

Major Side Effects
The major side effects of steroid use include:

  • Liver tumors
  • Jaundice
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe Acne
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Trembling
  • Weakening of tendons 

 

In Males
  • Testicular shrinkage
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Infertility
  • Baldness
  • Development of breasts

In Females

  • Facial hair
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Enlargement of clitoris
  • Deepened voice