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.
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:
Other Side Effects – Males
Other Side Effects – Females