This information is available from PAD’s Parent & Community Handbook, 7th edition.
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The most common are the “anabolic steroids” which are a chemically made form of the male sex hormone, testosterone. Young people, particularly males, use steroids to help them perform better in athletics, increase their muscle size, and change their appearance.
- the person may become aggressive, edgy, impatient and paranoid
- the person may experience mood swings
- the person may experience headaches, nosebleeds, stomach aches, acne, increased blood pressure and heart beat
- females may become more masculine looking, including body hair; some have been unable to bear children
- males may experience breast development, decrease in the size of their testicles and sperm count
- long and heavy use of steroids can cause irreversible liver damage and hardening of the arteries that may end in a heart attack or stroke
- long and heavy use of steroids can cause uncontrollable violent anger called ‘roid rage’