What are they?

Anabolic steroids are testosterone or testosterone-like drugs which produce greater muscular bulk. They have been used as performance-enhancing and bodybuilding drugs by athletes since the late 1950s. 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 are one way. In particular, it is thought steroid use creates fluctuations in a user’s emotional state. These changes include:

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.


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:

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

Other Side Effects – Males

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

Other Side Effects – Females

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