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trentdarwin
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One of the more interesting findings of the highly publicized testosterone-builds-muscle study recently published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is the lack of mental aggression seen among the participants of the study. This seemingly contradicts previous extensive medical documentation concerning the negative effects of anabolic steroids on psychological status, popularly known as ‘roid rage.

The finding in the NEJM study that 600 milligrams a week of Testosterone didn’t produce adverse mental symptoms could be due to the brevity of the study or to the fact that not everyone responds to steroid usage - or to be more precise, abuse - in the same way. For example, in a report to the Endocrine Society in 1995, researchers noted that a deficiency of testosterone steroids in 56 men produced personality characteristics (including anger and irritability) more commonly associated with steroid excess. When those 56 testosterone-deficient men were given supplemental testosterone injections, their personalities went from surly to genial.

A different conclusion was reached in a new study published in the Australian Medical Journal (165:222-26) that reviewed the evidence concerning the effects of anabolic steroids on the mind. Recent violent acts committed in Australia and allegedly related to steroid abuse seem to have precipitated this study.

The first case centered on a 29-year-old bodybuilder who beat his wife to death using a weapon described as a claw hammer. While he committed this horrific act, his four children were in another part of the house. He then shot himself in the head. Before this incident, his home life had been described as ‘‘happy.’’

This man had used steroids off and on for years, and seven weeks before the murder, he had used a steroid stack consisting of winstrol-V and sustanon, both injectable steroids. A later urine test showed that he also used Valium, a muscle relaxant and anti-anxiety drug.

A second case involved a 22-year-old bodybuilder in Sydney. After taking a walk with a woman he had met in a nightclub, “something snapped” in the bodybuilder. He repeatedly bashed the woman’s head against a wall, then proceeded to kick her while she was lying on the ground. Although several experienced police investigators described the attack as the most brutal they had ever seen, the perpetrator of this deed merely left the scene and went home to bed.

This guy had just taken an eight-week course of Deca durabolin, an injectable anabolic steroid. He said using the drug made him feel that he had “heaps more energy.” As well, he was “crankier, more aggressive, had an increased sex drive, and felt more uptight.” He had stopped taking the drug for two months, then resumed its use for three weeks before the murder. He was said to have come from a caring family and had never used drugs previously. He was also said to have never been violent. Significantly, he had drunk three liters of beer in the hours preceding the attack.

The author of this Australian review notes that steroids increase feelings of self-confidence, energy and motivation, as well as improve training ability. He also claims that the mental effects of steroids follow a continuum, often dependent on how large a dose is used or whether several steroids are taken at the same time. This continuum, according to the author, consists of the following:

• Early effects are reflected in mood changes and euphoria. Confidence increases, as do energy levels, self-esteem, motivation and enthusiasm. You experience less fatigue, sleep better and have an increased ability to train through pain. Sex drive usually increases, as does irritability, anger and a “strange, edgy feeling.”

• As doses increase or are taken for extended periods, a loss of inhibition occurs combined with impaired judgment, mood swings and grandiose ideas. This condition progresses until the user becomes suspicious, argumentative, impulsive and still more aggressive.

• Eventually, aggressive feelings reach a fever pitch, characterized by violent, hostile and antisocial behavior. This is full-blown ‘roid rage and can lead to self-inflicted injury, assault, divorce, domestic violence, child abuse and attempted murder. Not all people experience these feelings. Some researchers explain this paradox by suggesting that an underlying predisposition to such behavior can be brought to the surface by steroid abuse.

Another problem related to the psychological effects of steroids is what happens when the user stops taking them. Depression is common in former steroid users, who miss the elation brought on by the drugs. In fact, just about all positive mental feelings associated with steroid use reverse when one ceases taking them. The author of the Australian review says that, in some cases, violent behavior and moments of rage occur during the withdrawal phase.

Dependence on steroids can result when the user wishes to stave off loss of confidence as steroid-built muscles begin to atrophy. This dependence may also involve a modulation by steroids of brain chemicals, such as endogenous opioids, that control mood states.

An often-overlooked factor in discussions of the mental effects of steroids is how specific steroids modify behavior. For example, most studies that associate violent or antisocial tendencies with steroid use usually involve a more androgenic type of steroid, such as Anadrol-50 or testosterone. Animal studies in which mice were given a more anabolic, less androgenic steroid, such as Stanozolol (Winstrol) documented no aggressive changes in behavior (General Pharmacology, 27:293-98).

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jboldman
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ok, we will bear with you, did you write this? If so kudos for putting together the post. IF not, please let us know where it was cut and pasted from.

About the content, there are some good points and other conclusions/theories are bunk like the "continuum" theory.

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Loc D
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Murder is crazy, and rolling crap into little balls and eating toe nails is crazy. My point is this is two diffrent types of crazy. Anyone can be eathier, we have all heard the stories of the crazy things people do on drugs or in the name of God. I must take with a grain of salt.

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""This guy had just taken an eight-week course of Deca Durabolin, an injectable anabolic steroid. He said using the drug made him feel that he had “heaps more energy.” As well, he was “crankier, more aggressive, had an increased sex drive, and felt more uptight.” He had stopped taking the drug for two months, then resumed its use for three weeks before the murder. He was said to have come from a caring family and had never used drugs previously. He was also said to have never been violent. Significantly, he had drunk three liters of beer in the hours preceding the attack."""

The guy takes a three week deca only cycle and drinks three liters of beer, then murders someone. Who is to blame here! hmmmm
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Dodnof
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There are crazy people everywhere who commit nasty, heinous acts of violence everyday..... who are NOT on any form of steroid. Point is, do a significantly higher percentage of people using steroids commit violent crimes as compared to the general population? My guess would be no.

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Exactly. I wonder how many ppl drank a glass of water before they murdered someone. Should we then conclude that water makes ppl violent?

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RaetherEnt
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Thats funny, as it seems that while I am on cycle I actually seem to have much more of a sense of calm and serenity...It's when I am NOT on cycle that I seem to be agitated, irritated, etc.

Just me, and definately not a scientific study by any means, but test definately improves my moods AND the quality of my sleep.


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Posted by: RaetherEnt
Thats funny, as it seems that while I am on cycle I actually seem to have much more of a sense of calm and serenity...It's when I am NOT on cycle that I seem to be agitated, irritated, etc.

Just me, and definately not a scientific study by any means, but test definately improves my moods AND the quality of my sleep.

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Posted by: HugeDeep
""This guy had just taken an eight-week course of Deca Durabolin, an injectable anabolic steroid. He said using the drug made him feel that he had “heaps more energy.” As well, he was “crankier, more aggressive, had an increased --- drive, and felt more uptight.” He had stopped taking the drug for two months, then resumed its use for three weeks before the murder. He was said to have come from a caring family and had never used drugs previously. He was also said to have never been violent. Significantly, he had drunk three liters of beer in the hours preceding the attack."""

The guy takes a three week deca only cycle and drinks three liters of beer, then murders someone. Who is to blame here! hmmmm
HD

Well said dude. IMO lots of nonsense data here.

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Posted by: RaetherEnt
Thats funny, as it seems that while I am on cycle I actually seem to have much more of a sense of calm and serenity...It's when I am NOT on cycle that I seem to be agitated, irritated, etc.

Just me, and definately not a scientific study by any means, but test definately improves my moods AND the quality of my sleep.

That's pretty much the way it affects me also. I know this is subjective but TP and TE seem to have this effect more than other esters.

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I have known and associated with moderate to heavy steroid users for more than 20 years now, the vast majority have never exhibited rage or behavior outside what would be considered the norm. In fact most are more mellow than our non aas using counterparts.

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"Roid rage" is a myth. Complete malarchy. Another lame excuse used by some (once caught doing bad things,) a way to play "victim" and shirk responsibility for one's own bad actions.

Violent people commit violent acts; unstable personalities "snap" now and again. A certain proportion of AAS users will fall into this category, and being violent people, they will do bad things. So what? How does that taint AAS? Or absolve the actors of responsibility in any way?

But it does play well to the public, doesn't it?


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Posted by: bear
"Roid rage" is a myth. Complete malarchy. Another lame excuse used by some (once caught doing bad things,) a way to play "victim" and shirk responsibility for one's own bad actions.

Violent people commit violent acts; unstable personalities "snap" now and again. A certain proportion of AAS users will fall into this category, and being violent people, they will do bad things. So what? How does that taint AAS? Or absolve the actors of responsibility in any way?

But it does play well to the public, doesn't it?

Summed up well bro.

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jboldman
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too bad this kind of crap is perpetuated with anecdotal evidence. can you imagine if we wrote up every instance of spousal abuse after alcohol consumption.

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jboldman
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btw, i left the post up but edited out the blatant references to this guys steroid selling web site. if he does it again i will ban him.

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