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What does it feel like to take anabolic steroids?

      Anabolic steroids have psychological as well as physical
 effects.(1,2)  The steroid abuser is more likely to
 experiences mood swings including euphoria and feelings of
 violence, and suicidal tendencies than his or her peers of the same
 sex and age.(2-7)  These effects appear to stop after steroids are 
 stopped, but it is unknown whether there is any permanent psychological
 change because no long-term studies of steroid effects on personality 
 have been done.(8)  Some researchers think that the feelings of
 euphoria, aggressiveness, and reduced fatigue caused by anabolic
 steroids motivate steroid abusers to work out harder and more often
 than their non-steroid-using counterparts.(4,7,9-11)  They believe
 this is the real reason for increases in muscle mass by steroid
 abusers.  High doses of steroids may alter a person's self-image
 and produce changes in behavior.(2,10-12)  Weight-lifting steroid
 abusers who were evaluated with a standardized psychological test
 were found to have antisocial personality traits similar to those
 of alcoholics.(2,3)  In one study, all but one subject described (roid Rage)
"frequent episodes of temper outbursts, arguments, shouting or throwing
 objects, and having urges to beat, injure or harm others. . .."(2)  
 Personality changes associated with anabolic steroid abuse have led to
 violence and the deaths of innocent bystanders.(10,13)  In one review of
 such cases, (10) a weightlifter on steroids abducted and
 murdered a hitchhiker on impulse.(10)  Another steroid user
 abducted a female store clerk on a whim and shot her when she tried
 to escape.(10)  In a third case, a steroid abuser convinced
 a friend to help him plant an explosive device under his former
 fiancee's car.  Fortunately, she was unhurt when they detonated
 it.(10)  In another case, a steroid abuser burglarized three
 homes and set them afire, leading to $141,000 in property
 damages.(14)  In each of these cases, there was no prior history of violence. 
 Personalities returned to normal when steroids were stopped.(10,14)


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