Victims of Bullying and Steroid Abuse

Victims of Bullying and Steroid Abuse

Steroids (known as anabolic-androgen steroids) are synthetic substances taken as pills, injections, or topical treatments that mimic the effect of testosterone on the body. They increase protein synthesis within cells, an effect that promotes cell tissue growth, especially in muscles. Steroids are used to treat many medical conditions such as low libido, delayed puberty, and osteoporosis. They...

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The Relationship between Homelessness and Steroid Addiction

The Relationship between Homelessness and Steroid Addiction

The line between homelessness and stability can be very thin for a person who experiences a series of catastrophic events. A person struggling with a steroid addiction may suffer through one too many problems and end up living on the streets. How Steroid Addiction and Homelessness May Be Related America’s homeless population is around 600,000 on any given night, according to a publication on...

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Negative Life Events and Steroid Addiction

Negative Life Events and Steroid Addiction

Individuals who have experienced negative or traumatic events earlier in life are often more prone to developing mental health disorders or addiction to substances such as steroids later. Steroid addiction is often a result of abusing steroids to alleviate symptoms of low self-esteem. Certain negative life events in a person’s past can leave them feeling insecure as an adult. People who have...

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Unintentional Steroid Dependence

Unintentional Steroid Dependence

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, anabolic steroids are synthetically produced variants of the male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids are legally prescribed to treat conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency as well as loss of lean muscle mass from diseases like cancer and AIDS. However, if a person uses steroids without a prescription, he does so to enhance...

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Nature vs Nurture: What Makes a Steroid Addict?

Nature vs Nurture: What Makes a Steroid Addict?

The illicit use of steroids typically stems from a desire to build muscle or improve athletic performance. While it does not create the same type of dopamine-driven highs as other drugs, steroid use is still addictive. As with all abused substances, genetics (nature) and environment (nurture) are the driving forces behind addiction, and each factor has a different effect depending on the person....

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Depending on Steroids to Solve Your Problems

Depending on Steroids to Solve Your Problems

The reasons people abuse steroids may vary, but it is very common for users to abuse steroids to solve or mask some kind of problem. While steroids do not actually help people solve their problems, they do distract users for a short while and make them feel better while they are high on the drugs. However, if you depend on steroids to help you solve your problems, you will eventually get burned....

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When Using Steroids Becomes a Habit

When Using Steroids Becomes a Habit

While some steroids are prescribed for short-term use to treat asthma, rashes or allergies, anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are most often obtained illegally and are used to build muscle, enhance performance, and improve appearance. For both young women and men, the desire to get an athletic scholarship may motivate them to do whatever they need to do to excel at sports and be recognized by...

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Steroid Tolerance and Abuse

Steroid Tolerance and Abuse

Steroids increase strength, muscle mass and aggressiveness while reducing body fat. They are also known for affecting sexual organs in both males and females to the point of infertility/sterility and a crossing over of female to male and male to female attributes. Males who abuse during their teen years often do not attain full stature and may develop breasts and/or genital issues. Females who...

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Isolation and Steroid Abuse

Isolation and Steroid Abuse

Steroids (anabolic steroids) are similar to male sex hormones. They help build muscle quicker than normal by stimulating protein synthesis within cells. They can also become addictive and sudden withdrawal of steroids can cause aggression, depression, and even suicidal behavior. Why Do Steroid Addicts Isolate Themselves? Those that have an addiction to steroids tend to isolate themselves from...

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How Long Does It Take to Get Addicted to Steroids?

How Long Does It Take to Get Addicted to Steroids?

Many athletes and bodybuilders use steroids to enhance athletic performance or appearance, and this abuse of steroids can cause significant physical and psychological harm. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1991 and 2003 more than 6 percent, or as many as 1 million U.S. students, reported using steroids. There is a temptation to think that you will not or cannot...

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