Effects on the body

Psychological Side Effects

  • Aggression - Men are typically more aggressive than women because of presence of more testosterone, and likewise the use of steroids can increase a person's aggressive behavior. In some occasions this can be a benefit, helping the athlete to perform better in a competition many professional power lifters and bodybuilders take a particular liking to this effect. Athletes who take anabolic steroids often have difficulty dealing with people because of these uncontrollable feelings. Anxiety can disturb sleep patterns, and users may experience irritability.
  • Depression - Steroids has an impact on hormone levels in the body, because of this user may find himself in depression. When the athlete goes off steroids and the body decreases in size, depression and other withdrawal symptoms often induce users to take steroids again. Mood changes are most noticeable at higher dosages
  • Addiction and Dependence - After prolonged use, users may find they want to see themselves in muscular and top shape which makes them dependent on steroids and some bodybuilders also gets addiction to people's "turn-on" look which makes them addicted to steroids. Users also accustomed to the physical & emotional stimulation of steroids and they become dependant on them.


    Anabolic steroids are a synthetic copy of the hormone testosterone. They have been the subject of much debate over the last few decades as well as misinformation. Athletes, especially bodybuilders, may feel lured towards them as these drugs do increase muscle size, strength, and stamina.