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Psychological Effects of Steroids Many psychology along with physical effects occur do to the use and misuse of steroids Anabolic steroids use can cause many undesired characteristics in both males and females However steroids are often prescribed by doctors when the patient has an extremely irregular hormonal imbalance In these cases the psychological effects are not as great and often do not cause problems for the individual if the dosage is correct The negative characteristics include aggression hostility irritability mania depression addiction emotional instability impulsively and many other undetermined characteristics The most commonly cited psychology effect of steroid use is unprovoked aggression all so known as Roid Rage Rage and aggression occur most commonly in males due to the higher testosterone levels in the hormones The higher levels of estrogen in females neutralizes the urges of rage and aggression normally not associated with females of the sex When steroids are used and more often misused the submissive hormone in that individual becomes dominant In males the level of estrogen increases In females the level of testosterone increases This abnormal imbalance causes the brain to react quite strangely Confusion and depression can occur due to the brains inability to process these changes Therefore the physical effects of the drug often can determine the degree of the psychological effects Also paranoia often occurs in steroid users In fact when an individual becomes paranoid open hostility irritability and aggression often occur over insignificant events Drastic personality changes develop in the user Many behavioral side-effects tend to develop due to these personality changes Emotional instability sometimes causes abnormal emotional outburst becomes very dominant These outbursts can often lead to violence on the users part The user very often becomes quite impulsive Urges of anger adrenaline and other emotions can become prevalent One of the hardest psychological effects to overcome long after the steroid use has ceased is the effect of emotional instability and depression Often the user
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