Steroids (Roids)

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Anabolic (‘muscle-building’) steroids are man-made substances closely linked to the male hormone testosterone. These drugs are available by prescription only to treat certain medical conditions. They are only safe for use when taken under a doctor’s care and supervision. Abuse of steroids — often in an attempt to gain more muscle mass — can lead to serious health problems, some of which are irreversible.

Many of the major effects of steroid abuse can occur due to hormone imbalances in the body. In males, adverse effects may include shrinking of the testicles and breast development. In females, adverse effects may include growth of facial hair, menstrual changes and deepened voice.

Additionally, steroids can make you hostile, violent, and angry for no reason. You can experience uncontrollable outbursts of frustration and combativeness often referred to as ‘roid rage.’