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What is Roid Rage?

Tricia Christensen
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Roid rage is a term given to people who act in very aggressive or hostile manner after taking large doses, usually on a regular basis, of anabolic steroids, sometimes nicknamed as roids. In recent times, several prominent murders and brutal attacks have been linked to roid rage, which might suggest a person is less responsible for committing a crime. This is not always an adequate defense given that people who take anabolic steroids tend to do so willingly. Further, roid rage resulting in violent behavior may be a little more complex than it is generally portrayed in the media.

When people use anabolic steroids, a dangerous practice for many reasons, they are essentially placing extra levels of testosterone in their bodies. This hormone can at first have positive effects on the psyche, which later turn negative. Steroid users at first may equate steroid use with feeling well, unconquerable or very happy. Continued use of steroids may result in much greater mood and behavior change. People may become more aggressive, more hostile, or they may manifest symptoms of various forms of mental illness, like schizophrenia, mania, and deep depression. Anabolic steroid use is linked not only to roid rage and sudden mood changes, but also to a higher incidence of suicide than in the general populace.

There have been several clinical studies assessing roid rage, and it does turn out that people who are most likely to experience it are also most likely, prior to steroid use, to be extremely angry, hostile or violent. This suggests that roid rage may most occur in those who are already at risk for violent behavior. These studies further suggest that roid rage is not a suitable legal defense for committing violent acts, since the person who claims it as a defense may have already had tendencies toward violence. These tendencies or violent acts can further be a side effect of ending steroid use, since the mood elevation properties of steroids when suddenly cut off could result in acting in a violent manner. Long-term users of steroids should be carefully watched and helped medically to recover from what might be termed steroid addiction.

Despite clinical studies, any steroid user is risking the potentially dangerous effects of extreme behavior changes when taking steroids. Some people may be so vulnerable that behavior changes occur rapidly, causing the person to behave in a manner illegal or so disruptive that it can quickly ruin a life. What is clear is that anabolic steroid use is a dangerous practice with many potential long-term side effects that can be life changing. Like many other drugs, anabolic steroids are dangerous indeed, and the potential for roid rage adds the additional risk of a person hurting himself or others by extremely violent behavior while on steroids.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a The Health Board contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
By anon999034 — On Oct 13, 2017

Steroids when taken moderately do not create "roid-rage".

Life is enough to make one rage; rage from steroids are only a small element and issue or catalyst for a minority of users or abusers.

If they did definitively cause roid-rage' - then all roid users would be crazed lunatics which they most definitely are not.

It only affects those already predisposed with temper and anger issues like some drinkers who become angry etc, but more rare.

Let's look at the facts, people, OK? Steroids cause infinitely fewer issues with anger and violence than alcohol or drugs, and they are used very commonly in a slew of social groups, but it is still very rare to hear steroid horror stories, unlike alcohol which is mainstream news 24/7 worldwide for its propensity to create violent outburst, spousal abuse, deaths and murders.

Some 99.9% of pro-bodybuilder take huge doses of roids, heavy doses in the grams - and they stay on them year round forever -but do we hear about Pro bodybuilders killing their missus in violent rages? No we don't. Fortunately, it is still a very rare thingm even with steroid use now becoming almost an endemic in western civilizations, even here in the UK where steroids are used massively it is still rare news to hear about "roid rage".

Obviously it can make some men aggressive but there is always a catalyst to rage and anger such as arguments, jealousy, infidelity and emotional stress -which means that steroids don't cause rage per say ; they just precipitate it in some people under still quite rare circumstances.

I took testosterone and nandrolone for months before, but apart from being quite jealous, it did not make me any more angry.

This is not to discount or minimize the harrowing stories above, but keep some perspective regarding steroids. They are only dangerous in the hands of already angry and temperamental males, and still nothing like good old booze for causing havoc and mayhem in family settings and the wider population. Regards.

By anon996101 — On Jul 10, 2016

The key is moderation, frequent blood work with accompanying physician visits and being educated enough to select the proper steroids and dosage.

Stories of almost instant rage and personality changes stem from too high of a dose and/or trenbolone use.

I'm near 50 and steroids have given me a new life. Three years ago I was drinking, smoking , fat and had a horrible diet and sex life. Now I'm ripped, healthier than ever (according to my doctor), date women half my age, have an impeccable diet,loads of energy, better mood etc.

Testosterone use by itself has dramatically increased my mood, empathy, drive and so much more. There are compounds that people should not take in my opinion, but intelligent, monitored and reasonable steroid use-- not abuse -- can be a healthy experience for some.

By anon967409 — On Aug 27, 2014

My boyfriend started steroids two weeks ago. Yesterday he had a complete personality change. He was very hurtful towards me and he was completely flushed red. He went to the gym, and send me several nasty, mean texts that didn't make any sense. Then he came home and acted like nothing was wrong.

Does the gym help release some of their aggression? Is there some trick I can do to replace the injectable testosterone with something else? He's been on and off steroids for 15 years and the personality change is nothing like I've ever seen before. His face got full of rage, he was beet red and turned into a complete mental case.

By anon953114 — On May 24, 2014

All the men saying taking steroids does not affect them at all are deluded. Medically, what you are doing is the equivalent of halving your lifespan knowingly shortened. Why would you do that?

I spent longer than most of you have been alive with a bodybuilder who ruined his own life, mine and our children's -- all so he could win titles and beat records which only other drug takers care about. Protest all you like that the steroids don't hurt anyone. Those who love you soon won't but you won't be around to care anyway.

By anon949869 — On May 07, 2014

Show me the evidence. Get ripped or die miring. Obesity, alcohol and cigarettes are killing folks off left and right, and people want to complain about a dude who just wants to eat 100 percent healthy and train and look like Adonis.

By anon947491 — On Apr 25, 2014

I am also a witness to the devastating effects of steroids. The man I met a year ago was the sweetest thing on earth. He had emotional feelings. He had love and he had respect for everyone around him. I knew he had used steroids in the past. I let it go and put faith in him that he would not use them again. I left my boyfriend of 16 years to be with him.

I wanted my children and me to start over. We did family things and we had fun together, with his three kids and my three kids. Around Christmas time, he started acting very strange, like getting angry at the drop of a hat. I didn't even know why he was mad, sometimes.

He was literally kicking doors down and in half, punching walls, going out to the barn and breaking whatever he could put his hands on, telling me if he was a woman beater he would kick my tail. This is not the man I met. I could see pure rage in his eyes. He was blaming me for everything and talking to other women, but the worst part of all he was stealing my money to buy these steroids. We sold my car and he took everything I had.

I was a full time student in college and worked full time and I took care of six kids while he went out and did what he needed to do. It still wasn't enough. He eventually kicked me and my children out three different times.

The second time he kicked me out, I tried to kill myself due to stress. He got a restraining order on me while I in a psychiatric hospital. He was telling everybody I was abusive and really it was him.

He came clean after I came home. He admitted he was on steroids. He promised he would get help, but that never happened. The last day I was there I was strangled, punched in the face, and thrown down a flight of stairs. My children and I left for good that day. I will not put 100 percent blame on roid rage, because I know that’s what caused it. He stacked enough steroids to kill a horse. I cannot tell you why I put my children and I through that. I turned into a walking nightmare myself. He still uses steroids, has a new girlfriend and it looks like a great relationship. I lived that life. Get out. They don't change.

By anon944842 — On Apr 09, 2014

You all need to remember one thing: the kidneys don't start complaining until they are over seventy percent damaged. What kind of later life do you think you are going to have as the other thirty percent ages naturally on the way there?

By anon944841 — On Apr 09, 2014

I went to a gym one summer when I was in my early twenties. By the autumn, I had enormous gains in every part of my body and I spent every waking moment on a natural high with every sense tuned to a fine pitch. I do not recognize any of that mood swing crap because the feeling I got from doing it the natural way was nothing but super-positive.

What got me there was having a really clued-up female training partner and sensible advice from the owner and a few other fellow trainers.

Above all was one other thing that allowed me to sail through each increment of training and recovery, and that one thing was cardiovascular fitness.

I had been regularly training on the running track and on a bicycle before going near the gym and when I started at the gym my heart, lungs, tendons and blood vessels were more than prepared to increase and sustain extra strength.

I utterly deplore the growing blase' attitude to this cheating and fakeness and I have nothing but contempt for guys who use PEDs.

You will pay for it down the line. Doctors advise against having more than three steroid injections in your whole life because it kills your kidneys and adrenals. Cheaters never prosper.

By anon935043 — On Feb 23, 2014

I've watched a highly-intelligent middle-aged man as he's used steroids daily over the last year and a half. To say he's bulked up is an understatement. His ego has bulked accordingly. But it's the anger and sensitivity switches that are now hair-trigger. It's exhausting to be around, and grossly unfair to do to the ones you love, simply to indulge your muscle fetish.

I met him well before he started using, so I have a good baseline for his non-steroidal behavior. He has not only above-average intelligence but also advanced communication and interpersonal skills, and our relationship became positive and joyful as we fell in love over about a year of dating.

I was aware of his decision to begin steroids, and agreed with him that it did appear, based on a few minutes of web research, that "roid rage" was probably a myth. I take back that statement now.

Note that I'm *not* saying he's a frothing, raging monster roaming for prey. He has never been physically abusive, and I'm not particularly afraid of that now. I'm more fearful of him breaking up with me, which he's done once, and then agreed to take me back. This is not a cycle I do in relationships.

But today, after about 15 months on gear, he is definitely a different man. Larger, yes -- but far less emotionally balanced. He often gets angry and walks out, saying, "Going to the gym."

Note to others: It is very probably not a good idea to bring up the idea of different behavior due to steroid use. Whether you call it "roid rage" or not, it's not going to be taken well. Just don't even go there. I'm not going to mention it until after I've moved out, as I prefer my head attached to my body. Metaphorically, I mean. But I am going to tell him.

I don't understand this double-standard at all. It's common knowledge that women are often moody, witchy and angry due to natural hormonal swings or higher or lower levels than normal. Most well-adjusted women can even laugh about it, at some point anyway. No doubt it, hormones in a mammalian body do affect behavior, mood, attitude, everything.

But when we point out that these exact same hormones (or some very similar) might be causing our bodybuilding men to be angry and moody, we are not taken seriously, because there's "no scientific proof". C'mon. This is crap.

And this crap is ruining lives – mine, to be exact. I am seriously reconsidering my decision to live with him. I really miss the guy I had before. Smaller muscles, (he was even then very hot, fit, and sexy for any age man!) smaller ego, better relationship, awesome tantric lover. No more.

What used to be fun, playful simple conversations are now difficult times of endurance. He exhibits rude behaviors which shock me coming from him. The sarcasm, mocking, over-analysis, angry, spiteful comments -- it's all unbearable, and the relationship is quickly becoming not worth the hassle.

He is overly sensitive to everything I say and do, don't say, don't do. I cannot go one day without apologizing for some little thing I said that he's taken as the biggest insult ever. In fact, it was realizing how much apologizing I'm having to do that's brought this to my attention.

Anyone who thinks they can dump tons of hormones into their system without it negatively affecting their behavior is just flat out denying reality.

I know this guy loves his new body. He has the huge, ripped, head-turning mass he's always wanted. I'm just not so sure I want to stand on the sidelines to his show and hope for the tasty crumbs falling off the nice guy I used to love. What a shame. He can't see any of what's happening around him. All he sees is his reflection when he admires his muscles in the mirror.

By anon926321 — On Jan 17, 2014

I used this for eight months. I had testicle shrinkage and I know for a fact the only time I was abnormally irritable was when I would run out and that is just my nature, not the fault of the test.

By anon924466 — On Jan 04, 2014

Listen you guys who say Iman takes botox or this or that. Well, men do too and that cosmetic change does not affect your chemical balance inside your body! On the other hand, steroids do!

Proof: I went out with a guy named AJ and he had marks of needle injections and he told me it was for his Schizophrenia medication. I was dumb enough to believe that, but now know the truth of what those marks were. He assaulted me so yes, I say 100 percent that steroids are bad for mood changes and cause mental illness. Deny it or not, it does. This guy has mood swings like a girl's period. He swears at his 70 year old mother and doesn't interact with family. All he does is look for sex online. I have his history and now know what a jerk he is!

Steroids also can cause mental illness and they can be passed down to the child. Steroids an cause autism and much more. If you're planning to have kids, it is not good for long term use (like AJ) to take this drug. It is a drug! Lastly, down the road, all you people taking steroids can get cancer and issues with your brain from the chemicals, like mental illness, and the list goes on. Is it worth it, just so you can look big?

By anon923852 — On Dec 30, 2013

My older brother took steroids as a teenager and it was a nightmare for my entire family. He would become extremely violent for no reason. He would punch holes in the walls all through the house. He would threaten to kill me. He murdered one of our dogs in the backyard with a steel pipe.

Anyone who says steroids aren't harmful is sadly misinformed.

By anon354839 — On Nov 11, 2013

@anon254718: "oh by the way, I use. Just saying." Says the wimp who needs roids to feel like a man.

By anon344285 — On Aug 07, 2013

@anon173445: So what you're basically saying is that guys who want to improve their bodies with significant amounts of hard work and training, with some pharmaceutical help is wrong, but having botox, boob jobs, face lifts, spending hundreds on makeup products, shampoos, anti-aging crap, wrinkle removers and all the other stuff that women buy into is acceptable to 'improve' their looks?

Give me a break. Women are way more obsessed with their bodies than men, so why is it wrong for men to want to change the way they look, but it's perfectly acceptable for women?

And roid rage? I have a few friends who use them and they all have girlfriends or families and are happily married. In fact, they rarely argue from what I can see. The main hormone, testosterone, is used by doctors to bring a man who has a low testosterone level up to normal amounts which fixes marriages, makes the guy happier and brings back a healthy sex life again. If you're going to post an article, at least do some research and moreover, if you're going to reply, get your facts straight first.

Yes, testosterone can increase aggression, but it doesn't mean you walk out the front door and start beating people up in the same way that drinking coffee gives you more energy, but it doesn't make you run everywhere.

The bottom line is, if you're a jerk before you take it, you'll be a jerk when you're on it. If you're just a regular guy who respects women and leads a normal life, that's what you'll continue to be.

I can't believe there is so much garbage on this forum. I don't even take them myself. I just know people who do, so I can see it for myself and I have something I was gifted with called eyes and a brain that I can research stuff with.

By anon343776 — On Aug 02, 2013

Roid rage is a myth perpetuated by after school specials in the late 80s. If roid rage was a real problem, fights would be breaking out at the gym all the time. Take a look around.

By anon343674 — On Aug 01, 2013

Sorry steroid users, but steroids do cause aggression in a lot of people using them. Maybe you are one of the lucky guys who is not affected.

My husband has been using steroids off and on for years and I have witnessed the difference in him. Of course, he denies it each time and then gets mad because I said anything. This time, he has been on for two or three weeks now and the change in his attitude is the worst I've seen. He is focused on himself and only himself and getting big. He is angry, selfish, and has been violent more than I have ever witnessed and loves to call me nasty names. He blames me for it, but I have done nothing to get his wrath.

I had a procedure done today and it took him an hour after he came home to even ask about it with no concern or empathy in his voice, and he didn't wait for the answer he had to get to the gym. He has become a person I do not know anymore. He has seen me cry and has hurt my feelings but nothing sympathetic from him at all. No apology, no oops it was the steroids, nothing.

He is usually fun, funny, loves to do things with me but now he never smiles or talks except to be hateful. So please, all you users who think you're so cool and look good, get a life. Your drug addiction does affect your women and children. You can work out without all the crap.

By anon343314 — On Jul 29, 2013

If you have posted on this blog, then you obviously have been a victim of steroid use or a spouse of a steroid user. You came looking for answers because you realized that something is seriously wrong. Steroids ruin families and people.

My husband has been using them for the past two years, and he is now someone I do not know anymore and I'm not sure if I would like to get to know the person he is now. Yes, things weren't perfect to begin with, but we used to work through it and were fine. Now it is destructive, miserable and unbearable.

By anon340862 — On Jul 06, 2013

My husband and I have been married for 13 years. He has taken roids before and they made him very violent so he stopped and started taking a different roid. However, he does get mood swings -- not violent, but has changed dramatically. He goes out all the time and gets moody with me and are kids. He says he doesn't feel the same towards me. All this has happened in three months. If there is help. I would like it to save our marriage. Could it be the roids?

By anon338933 — On Jun 19, 2013

If you are a gentle, hard to anger person you will not have any problem on steroids. It depends on your nature to begin with. It doesn't make you angry more often; it just elevates your anger when you actually do get angry.

Personally, I get ticked off quite a bit so on steroids, I am very, very mean. For nice people, just don't tick them off on roids and they will be fine.

Anger is proportional to test levels. I'm not sure how much exactly, but on 10x natural test levels, when I got mad, instead of telling someone to shut up I picked them up and pinned them against the wall. That is in no way normal for me. Another time, I was just mucking around with a mate wrestling and I clicked and wanted to kill him. I'm not even joking. That crap is nasty if you get mad.

Only do steroids if you need it to compete at the same level as others, and only if you are a calm person to start with.

By anon336899 — On Jun 01, 2013

My husband of 12 years started using steroids two years ago and then the hell began.

I'm not blaming everything on steroids, because I know that people who have aggressive tendencies are more likely to become aggressive while using any substances, therefore, the true answer lies in personality.

He started working out because he has always been insecure about his body. Then one of his co-workers introduced him to steroids and my husband's behavior drastically changed. He became extremely mean, hostile, aggressive, verbally abusive, etc. He verbally attacked me for insignificant things (like him not wanting to take out garbage, etc.). He had false sense of superiority over me and anyone else.

One day, he assaulted me (started choking me) all because I confronted him about possible affair. I wanted to call the police, but he took away the phone and wouldn't let me out of the room. Later he blamed his behavior on steroids and swore he would never use them again. I believed him and forgave him because he has never assaulted me before, so I gave him another chance. I discovered a few months later he was doing the same thing - steroids. Again, he became aggressive, hostile, verbally abusive, etc. I asked him not to use the steroids but he refused to stop.

I reached out to my father-in-law to reason with my husband, but it made my husband even more mad. I found a counselor for him but he refused to go because he was afraid he would lose his job if the truth came out. Then I contacted my friend and got a lawyer's referral, just in case if things get worse, I would have plan B ready.

My husband broke into my Facebook and found out about my plan B. He also tried to impregnate me by sabotaging my contraception so I wouldn't leave him. When he realized I wouldn't stay if he didn't change and seek help, he gave up on us and went out with his co-workers to nightclubs, started drinking and driving, started using drugs and started an affair.

Two months after he started the affair, he moved out of the house, saying that he needs time to clear his head. I offered him counseling yet again, but he wasn't ready. Then I filed for divorce and then he wanted to come back to me but I didn't take him back. When we separated, he tried to sexually assault me because he was high on something and then he threatened me and then I called the cops on him, but they closed the case due to insufficient evidence.

I gave him millions of chances and tried to get help for him, but then I realized that I couldn't force help on him. A person needs to want to be helped and do something about the problems. Otherwise it's a useless battle.

This is just my story. It`s bittersweet because I loved this man and I still do, but I could no longer live like this, so God took care of it. My husband just couldn't or didn't want to change for us. He used to be a good man. Now he is just a shadow of a man.

By anon334857 — On May 16, 2013

Most people have valid points. Testosterone elevates your aggression levels, so take it in huge quantities what do you get?

I have been affected by an anabolic steroid abuser. I have gone through the whole journey of trying to help. I have been with my partner 15 years, however I advise anyone in this situation: If the drug taker is not seeing the effects of the drugs on himself and others he is an addict. Until that addict comes to that point of acknowledgement, nothing will change. Also, with any drug, you will enter withdrawal and when that ends, acceptance and facing their behavior is next, along with hormones that aren't functioning effectively.

Protect yourself throughout this whole process because the victim needs to go through the same process. The more you try to "help," the more you enable that behavior. This is a solo journey for them, as was the journey they started to take it.

And for all those steroid users posting on these forums: If you are taking drugs, no matter the quantity, it's impairing your life whether it be negatively or positively and is not reality. If you want to take this particular drug, then there are issues with yourself, like esteem. No matter the quantity, your behavior affects your significant others and while you're sitting there justifying your usage, you're in denial and that leads to heavier usage, so you're already right at the start of the steroid usage where you are showing addictive tendencies.

By anon331233 — On Apr 22, 2013

Half of these stories must not be real! No way! I've been using AAS for almost a year now started out powerlifting and started using when I switched to bodybuilding.

The side effects for me were a very high sex drive, improved feelings of well being and a bit of acne but it went away with proactive, oh and the girlfriend loves the results it is giving me.

In all seriousness, I have felt an increase in aggression, but it mostly just comes out in the gym. I don't go on like a freaking lunatic and hit and strangle people! Give me a break. The second your man who is taking steroids has a bad day, he is 'roid raging. Ever think he may have been mentally screwed up already and when he finally let it out, you just blindly blame a hormone he is taking for muscle growth? Honestly, it's not the steroid making him this way; he was already a retard waiting to explode.

By anon322981 — On Mar 02, 2013

It is very comforting to know I'm not going through this alone. My husband began using steroids two years ago and it has ruined our family! No one believes me that steroids can ruin a person!

I feel like I'm going crazy because I know how this drug has changed my husband but people don't believe it!

Thanks to all who have shared your stories I felt like I was reading about my life! If only I could make him realize it before it is too late! Best of luck to everyone and I hope you are able to save your loved ones!

By anon315175 — On Jan 22, 2013

My decent husband of 20 years started taking steroids and the result was a drastic personality change. He became aggressive, moody, started lying and cheating. He started using drugs and gambling and we got a divorce. What a permanent mess he caused. His children and family just didn't deserve the trauma.

By anon314335 — On Jan 17, 2013

I've read most of the comments here and have some personal experience with someone using steroids. A couple of thoughts came to me.

First, many of you say that you use steroids responsibly. You know what to take, how long to take it and how to combat side effects. That's good.

I think many of the stories on here are from people who see it used irresponsibly. So, please don't tell those people that they are crazy or that the steroids did not cause the change in behavior they witnessed. Irresponsible use will lead to irresponsible behavior.

Second, a few current users sound like drug addicts. The drug addict does not see the problem; they think everything is fine. The people who love them see the change in behavior, yet the drug addict denies it. If you are using and someone you love is telling you that steroids are changing you, listen to them.

By anon314163 — On Jan 16, 2013

I've noticed over the past five weeks my boyfriend has been a little more aggressive and angry and mean, but nothing worth losing him over. I didn't know why this sweet, gentle and loving guy could suddenly get so mean and angry with me. It's like he's two people.

I found out yesterday he's on steroids, and it's his first cycle and it ends in three weeks and he's through taking them. I don't think the steroids have turned him into a monster, but I think they definitely affect his mood swings.

I take medications frequently for ADHD and depression, and I can understand how he gets outbursts and feels angry for no reason. But I'm not going to leave him. I think partially it's that the media hypes everything, but he has been getting very angry lately.

Yesterday we had the most perfect, romantic day, and out of nowhere he became furious when he didn't like how I answered his question about something silly. He screamed at me and became very hostile and I could tell it was drug induced anger, much like I had experienced before. However, I became very upset and started crying and he felt instantly sorry and terrible and apologized for his outburst. I doubt he'll ever hurt me or do this frequently, but I really hope steroids aren't addictive.

By anon311429 — On Jan 01, 2013

Please help. My son, who is 17, began taking steroids about a month ago. He has been in a great mood, happy, energetic funny. Well until two days ago, that is, when he had a major panic attack accompanied with a lot of rage. He could not calm himself down at all. He has been very anxious since then.

I want him off these pills asap. How can he get off these pills? Does he wean off or quit cold turkey? I am afraid of what the side effects will be. Anyone with any experience or advice, please let me know.

By anon305572 — On Nov 26, 2012

The "jerk," as you put it, is my husband and he has said the same thing about others being jerks before they started using steroids the same as you just wrote, and he can't even see that he is the biggest jerk of them all.

These guys want so much to be this big person that they can't even realize that the use of steroids does change their ways. they are overly self-assured, to the point of recklessness, they drive like they think they are some special race car drivers (disregarding children in the car) and keep making excuses for themselves. Maybe, I guess, I should leave him, but I love him and we have a child together so what will happen to him? I am so damn tired of excuses. We're almost homeless and yet the only thing on my mate's mind is getting enough food to keep his gains. He eats all are money up, not considering anyone else.

We are short on rent, but he still can use the money for gas to get to the gym while we cash in cans so our child and I can eat. Maybe it would be best to split up. I am so sick of this crap. When guys take this stuff, they should please just make it clear to whomever they are going out with that they take this stuff and this is what they are doing. They shouldn't hide it until the girl falls in love and ends up with a total jerk.

By anon294111 — On Sep 29, 2012

Roid rage is simply a myth. People who say the opposite have a large lack of knowledge about steroids. Read a bit about the subject learn how it works and please don't believe the stupid stuff the media says. They are just looking for good story.

Did you have a bad experience with a person using steroids? That's easy to explain. A jerk who gains 20 pounds of muscle is a bigger jerk. So stop saying crap about steroids when you don't even know how testosterone works in the body and what effect it has.

By anon292451 — On Sep 20, 2012

I take 750 mg of testosterone a week and I sometimes feel overwhelmed, but I'm able to control it like I always have. It intensifies your personality for sure, and for the fake guys, it'll show their true colors. But all the guys posting are right. Steroids bring out the real you that you want to be just because your confidence is high. I've always been the real me on or off them, so people don't even notice when I'm on it. I'm funnier, more outgoing and better at talking to women. I mess around with my friends more and wrestle. They talk crap to me and I don't even care. I care less what they say when I'm on than I do off. It's actually really nice. I make love like a beast and I'm extremely kind and less selfish on it. I've never felt better. I'm dreading the come off though. I'll tell you the truth. My girlfriend cheated on me when she was drunk. I'm on them now and I sat and talked to her and calmly reassured her. She was a wreck only a week ago and we worked it out. I haven't looked back once and gave her a chance. Things have never been better. We go out more laugh more and I'm more generous in showing my affection.

It really comes down to the individual. Jerks become bigger jerks. Cowards with an agenda try to fulfill that agenda. They are insecure to begin with and they will be more so on steroids.

Ladies, find better men. Avoid the jerks, stop blaming it on hormones and realize that's just who they really are. Be safe and choose your men like your wine. Test them out and stick with the one you like who has a good personality and flavor.

By anon286111 — On Aug 19, 2012

That's what all of the steroid users will say. So the fact that women all over: wives, girlfriends, sisters and daughters have all seen these changes, but their husbands and boyfriends, etc., are saying this is all in our heads? It isn't. It is very much true, so get real and stop rationalizing it to yourself with a false sense of superiority (one of the effects of out of balance testosterone) -- and you say this is not true?

By anon285819 — On Aug 17, 2012

Are these stories real? Post after post of women saying they had prince charming. Then steroids turned them into the devil. Now I have a few issues with that. I've done a few cycles and roid rage doesn't happen. The feelings you get around week three or four is a 20 percent boost of who you are. Are you a happy guy? Boom! You're 20 percent happier. Are you an angry guy? Boom. 20 percent angrier.

So my true feelings are that steroids didn't ruin your relationship; it was already on its way out the door and it was sped up by 20 percent, if anything at all. Now there are many men out there on hormone replacement therapy, taking doses that many gym goers do. Research has not shown this metamorphosis of good to horrible. So maybe instead of blaming a pill, they should realize there were bigger issues.

By anon285632 — On Aug 16, 2012

My now ex-boyfriend has been on them for years and hasn't post cycled for just over a year.

Yesterday, though, he woke up really nasty and started throwing his son's xbox games around and accused me of all kinds of things.

He always blames other people for everything and he is always right. He's always talking about himself and his muscles and never listens to anyone else.

He's destroyed me mentally and emotionally and I am badly depressed. He is forever telling me he loves me and wants me, then tells me the opposite.

I can't cope with it anymore and don't deserve the crap he dishes out. I've walked away now and will find a real man and not a fake one.

By saudiboy89 — On Jul 01, 2012

I am in Saudi Arabia right now and finally I don't have to deal with under ground gear and just simply walk in to a pharmacy and get testosterone and all the good stuff that block water retention like proviron nolva and clomid HCG to keep my tools nice and working.

So far, I find that using human grade steroids has no bad side affects than the under ground roids like from Mexico that I used to mess with and the results are way better than the Mexican gear that I feel like I don't even need to throw in other anabolics that are not meant for the human body and makes the bad side affects more severe to get the same results.

Now, the only time I feel angry is when someone tries to give me a lesson on how bad they are or when some one comes and spots me on a set without me asking him. Or, when I find saudis walking around the gyms with chicken legs but huge upper body while stacking growth hormones and insulin or when they are using pads to cushion their neck while squatting 95 pounds.

By anon271307 — On May 25, 2012

Some of you women are sounding pathetic. I don't care what excuse you find to justify your man's violent behavior, but it should be unacceptable -- period.

Ticked off men with bad tempers will treat you as badly as you allow.

Go to any nightclub or singles website: there are thousands of desperate, available men! Yet for some unfathomable reason, you feel like Joe the gym-rat jerk is your soul mate whom you were meant to be with and you have to keep working on your crappy relationship.

If I ever acted like some of these men to any of the women I've known, the police would have been called immediately and a restraining order would have been thumbnailed to my butt! The law is completely on your side. Even if a man scares you you can have him put out on the street without any of his belongings, only to return when an officer is present. Who are you women? I'm thinking the majority of these stories are fake.

By anon270165 — On May 21, 2012

My husband of four years used them before we ever met. He started obsessing with his appearance again lately and even had plastic surgery. Then he wanted "the complete package" and bought tons of supplements (near 14 pills a day) and started working out religiously. I thought, fine. Whatever makes him happy.

Then he started acting weird. He was angrier (he already was kind of quick to anger before), quicker to snap, and he was saying things so hurtful - I'd never heard them before. And he was acting so selfish and arrogant. It occurred to me that I needed to look for signs of him using steroids since he had used before. I found some in the house - a bottle half empty and eurobolic steroids that you inject.

I told him to admit that he was using them and he wouldn't. He said he was keeping them for a friend (very unlikely - most pathetic excuse ever). I started the process of divorce. He ran out of steroids and started acting normal. He was handling the divorce process smoothly. We continued living together while we went through the process.

I know he ordered more and I know he's taking them again. His rage comes out of nowhere. And it knows no bounds. I'm leaving the house for my personal safety and staying elsewhere while the process is finalized.

Steroids aren't the only thing to blame in the dissolution of our relationship, but they definitely changed him. They definitely sped up the process.

By anon266770 — On May 07, 2012

Well, I for one have cancer and during chemotherapy, I was given high doses of steroids. I did not know it. I felt three times that I was losing my mind. I alienated members of my family permanently in a rage, and then afterward found out the reason: steroids. Steroids and chemotherapy. So, they do sometimes cause normal people to loose it. Don't lie to yourselves.

By anon262484 — On Apr 19, 2012

Anyone who thinks steroids don't change behavior and increase aggression either haven't tried them, don't know anyone on them, or is just kidding themselves. When I used, I thought everyone else was the problem! My girlfriend was just doing things that made me made. Other drivers were idiots. Guys all wanted to fight - or needed a beating. Once It was off them, all that disappeared.

I lost friends, ruined a relationship and developed a wicked case of anxiety - completely and obviously due to steroid use. To say otherwise is patently ridiculous.

By anon255415 — On Mar 17, 2012

If you can't control yourself off steroids then you won't be able to on them either. Stop being blaming steroids for all your problems. "Roid rage" is a myth, nothing more.

To all you saying steroids ruined your marriage, if your husband really loved you in the first place then the steroids wouldn't have made a difference. You don't suddenly hit your wife because you started using test or whatever. But believe whatever makes you feel better so you can continue living in your false reality that those evil steroids ruined your perfect marriage.

By anon254718 — On Mar 14, 2012

Hahaha. You all are hilarious.

Could somebody exhibit increased signs of aggression while using some sort of AAS? Yes. However as stated already, those who tend to 'go off the deep end' so to speak already most likely have problems controlling their temper.

Your boyfriend, brother, husband, etc was never a violent person? Yeah, right. Just because they don't show their aggression in a violent manner doesn't mean they haven't found another outlet for it. Steroids do not cause rage. They can, however, intensify already existing emotions.

The wimpification of America is embarrassing. Stop being whiners and grow up. Control yourself like a real man does.

Oh, by the way, I use. Just saying.

By anon254652 — On Mar 14, 2012

I have been using steroids for about one year. Not once have I raged; it's a myth. I have a family with three kids, and steroids change nothing except that I'm leaner.

And I haven't been "on" for a year straight. Only thee months total. Two six-week cycles.

Only trenbalone or tren (the prohormone) is linked to aggression. There are many steroids out there.

Another myth is that you can take them and get huge. Maybe you can gain 10 - 20 pounds, and keep 8-12 pounds. That's the norm.

People are afraid of nothing.

By anon254644 — On Mar 13, 2012

There is currently no scientific research to support any of the claims you made in your article. Anabolic steroids are considered a wonder drug in the medical profession for people with muscle wasting and other diseases and are used so often because of the lack of side effects. Yet, when you give them to healthy people they turn you into a maniac and could kill you? Give me a break.

I have never used, nor do I plan on using steroids, but felt compelled to comment just because of how ridiculous this is.

By anon254641 — On Mar 13, 2012

My husband's roid rage is so bad that he actually thinks he is god on steroids and makes me call him sir and I'm not allowed to look at him in the eyes or I get slapped and pinched. His eyes almost turn red when he acts like this. Steroids are pure evil.

By anon244387 — On Feb 01, 2012

Steroids ruin lives. I took them myself to make myself bigger and better, or so I thought. I couldn't see the changes they were making in me and my family. I couldn't understand that the rages were the steroids, not other people.

I used to get so mad that sweat would run off me and I would shake with pure rage. It resulted in me nearly killing my best friend. I went to prison.

So if anyone is thinking of taking them, I strongly hope you will read this and think again. I was not an angry person before. They change people and will ruin your life and others around you. Steroids are drugs.

By anon240892 — On Jan 16, 2012

My partner of seven months, who was already 6ft 3 inches and huge compared to me, told me on Saturday that he had started taking steroids again. I knew he had taken them before our relationship, but I had told him that I was not keen on them.

That same night, he started accusing me of crazy things that were just not true. He was screaming at me that I am a slag and telling me to provide evidence that I was telling the truth. How can you prove that you are telling the truth even when you are?

He smashed my property up and ended up kicking me, dragging me by hair and trying to strangle me. This was a lovely man whom I thought was my soul mate and he has turned into a monster. I don't believe in coincidences like that.

Steroids with his insecurities are the reason why he has done this. I am sad about it.

By anon223633 — On Oct 20, 2011

My boyfriend started using steroids again. He first used them before I ever met him. When we met, I know he was not doing them. He was so much fun to be with, loving and caring. This year I started noticing changes in his moods. In June, I found a bag of pills, half were pink an half yellow. When I asked him about it he told me they were D-Bol. He said he got rid of them and didn't take them, but he lied.

Since then, he yells and curses me. Then one night he tried to jump out of a car while I was driving down the highway. I could not get him to calm down. When we got home the rage just continued. He put a hole in the wall, yelled and screamed all kinds of terrible things and then left. The next day he said he was sorry but it was a weak apology.

A couple of weeks after that, I was driving again and he was in one of his rages, on the way home from a friend's house. He grabbed the steering wheel and yanked us of the road into a ditch. The car was totaled. Air bags deployed, just totally ruined the car. When I asked him what made him do that, he just replied that he was selfish and never once thought of my safety. The man who claims he loves me just tried to kill us both. I think I am still in shock.

Since then I have found a needle all loaded up and ready to go with a clear yellowish liquid. I have also found out he is going to take something called Winnabol next. I have told him to move out but so far he has not. His rage didn't become severe until the wreck. I am not sure how long he has been using this time, so I don't know how soon the bad effects will start happening. I do not care if you are with someone using them; you shouldn't wait until something bad happens because it could be too late. I was lucky. I survived.

By anon213399 — On Sep 11, 2011

When my husband (of 34 years) started 'stacking' Trenbolone and testosterone so he could compete in power lifting competitions he changed into a violent and uncaring stranger. He walked away from me, his children and the home he'd built with his own hands. He left behind everything he's treasured and built his life around for a gym obsession. Steroids have ruined not just his life, but ours as a result.

By anon212189 — On Sep 05, 2011

There are no documented cases because people on steroids lie to hide their issues. If your personality is bad, and you are always talking about yourself or going around like you are going to pop a vein, who really wants to be around you? How many people have you hurt from your actions or your words? Oh, maybe you don’t have anyone, maybe you have already chased them all away, maybe you do and have blamed them with everything that goes wrong and that it is all their fault that they are breathing.

Please, go ahead and take your stuff, be it injections or pill and do your sets, weigh in – if you gain another pound you might just be “OK” with yourself today.

Go around as if you are a king, self-righteous, overly confident, pompous, egotistical jerk and put down your friends and family. Alienate the ones who love you. Just leave the normal people alone because it is not they who have the real issues.

By roidrager — On Sep 02, 2011

Wow, people. Please go cry to doctor phil! First off, let's take a look at who wrote this article. Was it a medical professional with a a phd? No not hardly. Was it someone who is familiar with the sports science field and who might have a good understanding of AAS and their effects on the human body? Nope, strike two. So who was it then? Someone who obviously has a hidden agenda and absolutely no credentials to back up any of this literature.

What's more astounding than the article itself are the comments. Although I'm not that surprised considering how the media has demonized steroids. So where are all the references to these claims? I see none, period. Some of these comments are just so far off base I was literally laughing out loud to myself for 15 minutes. Steroids killed your 26 year old brother? I have not heard of one documented case of an AAS fatality. Let's see the autopsy report. The side effects of steroids far outweigh the benefits? Are you kidding me? The side effects are mild when compared to that of other drugs and medication. Check out the side effects of alcoholism. Yeah, that's what I thought. I don't see anyone banging down congress' door to reinstate prohibition.

Yes, there are steroids that cause increased aggression, but that doesn't impair judgment. The other 90 percent of comments are just sob stories from women about how their man left them because of roids. Guess what ladies? I hate to break it to you, but it's not the roids that made them leave you. Number 1 reason "loss of attraction"! (you probably got fat). So quit blaming Steroids for your failed relationships. Your cries fall on deaf ears.

By anon204995 — On Aug 11, 2011

wow. and all this time i thought it was a joke. my now ex-boyfriend hit me last weekend then the next day tried to rape me. i knew he was taking roids. i just didn't know they were doing this much harm to him. thank you for all the stories. i think i might get a restraining order. Stop using roids, please!

By anon204818 — On Aug 10, 2011

I want to say something those jerks who say they take steroids but nothing bad happens to them. They are actually fooling themselves. Even if you take steroids in a good way and respecting the limits, you will get ugly side effects. Steroids are not good and are not something good to be in your body, either. Just because some jerks here say they have been taking steroids for an amount of time and nothing bad happened to me, that doesn't mean you are safe or if steroids are doing you good, because they are not!

I have a 22 year old brother. Before he took steroids he was a very loving guy. He was always hugging me and kissing me. He used to be a good guy with awesome conduct. He never said curse words to me or our parents. But one day, when a friend of his told him how much steroids could build him up, the nightmare began. Now he is extremely aggressive, always insulting everyone. When he walks down the street, he insults strangers for no reason. He always tells me how stupid I am and that I should be dead. He punched my dad in the face something he never did. In the past he was a very nice guy. I want to help him but I feel that I can't. He lives now far away from my house. I miss my brother so much. I miss so much the good brother I had in the past.

Roid rage is something real and we should pay very close attention to it. At first, when my brother started to use steroids, everything was OK, but then after one or two weeks, everything turned upside down, including my very own life. What about Chris Benoit? He had roid rage and he killed his wife, son and then he killed himself. Steroids are not something good, even if you take them in a responsible way or if you take a small dose of them. Steroids are something very dangerous and those who have a brother, husband, etc. who is taking steroids have to watch out because it's dangerous. --Nair.

By anon203462 — On Aug 05, 2011

After reading these posts, i don't feel as alone as I did. I've just lost the most amazing man whom I had nine years with! Two years ago he tried steroids and the change in him was so drastic I knew something was up. Things got so bad with his temper and aggression, we ended up breaking up. After a few months apart and me being destroyed we decided to talk about getting back together. Only then did he admit he was taking them.

As you can imagine, he promised never to touch them again, but recently I suspected he was back on them, as the rage and change in him had returned.

We have now broken up again and my life has been turned upside down.

I don't know where to turn to. The man i love is now so cold and hostile. It hurts how he can turn his back on us and tell us he doesn't love us!

Someone help and explain to me how the person changes so quickly. Please. --Lois

By anon198275 — On Jul 19, 2011

I have heard of a lot of people having roid rage. I am about to start my first cycle and do not want to have this issue. A friend of mine who is also a counselor says he uses oxytocin factor and it keeps him calm. Anyone else use this stuff?

By anon184803 — On Jun 09, 2011

Why do you need steroids to look big and puffy? As I see it, if we compare steroid bodybuilders to the natural bodybuilders, the latter are much more powerful.

I found an article online that shows how dangerous steroids can be. Please people, stop using them!

By anon173445 — On May 07, 2011

Roid rage, schmoid rage. Guys that are obsessed with their own bodies are just jerks.

By lttltazz — On Apr 14, 2011

I have lived with my husband for 10 years now, he has come a long way since the hard stuff. I do still find that he stacks certain supplements to get the pump that steroids gave him. Most of them are a lot better than his days before, scary times, close calls where my granddaughter almost got killed by a rage, an accident of kicking in a door with her behind it.

I love him. He is forever a bodybuilder and I accept that. I have gone through the lies from him that it was me or my fault. It is not, nor is it our fault or any other woman that i have read posts from.

He has mellowed and the supplements he takes now wear off in hours, where at least I get a few good hugs and some coherent conversations, But what about the rest of the time? I feel that among the 100 logo gym shirts and put downs, I am fading fast.

It's better, but have I settled too much? Where can I get help? Where can the women suffering from the side effects of this disease get help? I have a child and I don't want to leave him, but I used to have a fire and now it is but a spark.

By anon162783 — On Mar 24, 2011

I'm currently taking black market anabolics, called dianabol or "D-Bol" and let me tell you it's turning me into a psycho and i can't stop popping four a day. it's hard when you see how much you're improving in one week.

By anon155153 — On Feb 22, 2011

my husband took one series of mass stack and he took it correctly. he works out every day he loves me and his son. He finished the series and now wants a divorce and for me to find another father for his son. i truly believe steroids are OK for some but not for others.

By anon155060 — On Feb 22, 2011

my son who is currently diagnosed with GAD (anxiety) and who probably inherited it by me along with bipolar and depression has just started injecting steroids 3 weeks ago.

he is hundreds of miles away, but i learned that he just broke up with his fiance last night (with a text) over a stupid fight. He has not been physically violent but i feel is acting inappropriately and am afraid he is making a huge mistake.

The same dr. prescribes xanax for GAD (major anxiety) and steroids for the pain and muscle mass that he endured since an accident about 12 years ago. Can anyone help me out here? I'm very concerned. Can't seem to get a straight answer about this.

I don't care to hear horror stories about men who want muscles. I just want some facts about how steroids effect the psyche of a 30 year old trying to do the right thing but I think it's backfiring. Thanks. -- Frustrated in NY.

By anon152103 — On Feb 12, 2011

You know i am a 33 year old female. i have not lost my temper. nor has my voice dropped. I have been on them for a year now and i have never had roid rage.

i run every day and work out. It's all about how you use them or what you use. also, before i started them, i was a smoker. Once i got on them for a while i stopped smoking. when i tried it make me sick.

when i stopped using roids i started smoking again. some people use them for different reasons. it has helped me for what i am doing, so not all are bad. just watch what you use and how you use. and once i have never stuck myself with a needle.

By anon133276 — On Dec 10, 2010

I married the man of my dreams a few months ago. (Professional wrestler whom I manage). He sat here as recently as this morning and told me I'm so good to him (which I am) and he treats me like I'm some lot lizard now, and his words: because I gave up my house and my business to move in with him, he said he figured I had no where to go so I'd have no choice but to take what he dished out.

This was a wonderful, fun loving man and now I'm sleeping in a sun room in a basement because I don't trust him or feel safe with him for the first time. This man's a complete stranger. Yelling at me to get the bleep out of his house one minute, and crying and begging me not to leave the next. This is some really messed up stuff! And it's costing me everything I've worked for!

By anon129686 — On Nov 24, 2010

Like all drugs some people react badly to them. This is a true thing, roid rage, and some people have extreme rage if using it. i have seen it, they become paranoid, angry over nothing, and raging like Mel Gibson. One minute all nice the next out of control.

Not all people will react this way, but plenty do. If you take them and nothing happens find yourself lucky but don't for one minute tell those that know--it is not the steroids.

At least be responsible enough to see that drugs create different things in people. Alcohol, some can drink and be fun and happy, others are mean and hostile. Same thing. Except steroids don't go out of the system as fast.

Wishing all the women that find men on these drugs to be warned! They are volatile. Watch out.

By anon121074 — On Oct 23, 2010

My husband decided he wanted me out. I was in the way. "A stranger in his house, not blood". He attacked me and I grabbed our daughter and ran out.

The next day he is at a concert, turning our home into a "man cave". Having his buddies sleeping on the couch and out at the clubs every night. He could care less about us. He stated to the police that the attack never happened and that I was out to get him.

He was making up some fantasy about who I was. I was a lazy horrible person. I made him dinner and he said I didn't make dinner that I just made a mess for him to clean. There was no mess, just his food I prepared for him. He continued with this type of behavior two days before the attack.

He is now homeless (restraining order/move out order). He is at the gym every day. His face has gone from soft and sexy to hard and ugly. In court he was not able to say anything or understand the judge unless it was in his favor. He ended up being taken in by the deputies for not being able to control his outbursts.

His daughter's grades have fallen to D's and F's, and she had her first detention this week. She has dumped her girl friends to hang out with boys. All this so he can have muscles. Better watch for what you wish for because it might come true. If you are deciding whether or not to take steroids, don't do it.

By anon115330 — On Oct 01, 2010

I was involved with a guy a.k.a. "The Strongest Man in Town." He is a crazy and nasty son of gun on steroids. He is violent, hostile and a very angry and nasty man. Ladies beware! He's got big muscles but ain't got anything else going for him.

His sex is bad, too. The steroids won't let him get an erection. He is unable to satisfy a women sexually. Ladies, don't waste your time with these men. They're sick and are too much into themselves to love and care about you. The muscles hide a very insecure man with mental and emotional issues. The steroids make them mean, nasty and mentally ill. It's just a matter of time before they self-destruct! Don't let it be you he explodes on! Run!

By anon112682 — On Sep 21, 2010

my brother was 18 and he just committed suicide last week because he was using steroids. now he is gone.

By anon109288 — On Sep 06, 2010

Oh my gosh. This explains so much of my ex's (as of today) behavior! He freaks out over nothing and out of nowhere, doesn't lay a finger on me but has been overpowering me with words, calls, texts, crazy accusations -- not to mention he's huge and scary.

I'm only 5'4" and the mother of our two young boys. I just left him this morning. I was afraid for the safety of our children and myself. He has already jumped to a few other women in a day!

I'm still really scared he will do something and will be sleeping with my big dog tonight! I knew of his steroid use that he claims is past (ended blue dianabol) in Feb 2010 but actually he couldn't really identify them to me, although I found liver pills packages in the trash and he says he is taking some little purple pills (arimidex, i think?)

I don't know how it all works, but I do know he is crazy, not to mention he has a family history/personal history of mental issues. I'm so sad to lose him this way. (My boys are too. They are too young to understand why Daddy has been mean to Mommy.

If you are considering using I hope this makes you consider not using. It hurts families and you can't imagine the feelings the other people in your life will go through all so you can have muscles. It is not worth it! I always loved the man no matter the muscles. A strong heart is way hotter then a muscular (and pimply) body!

By anon105112 — On Aug 19, 2010

You guys make me so angry I am turning green and my shirt is ripping! Roar!

But seriously, if you are having family problems please get help! Some muscles? So what! That is worthless if you lose the ones you love!

By anon103658 — On Aug 13, 2010

My husband has been on them for almost two years. He says it is just us, his family. He injects once a week. I don't know what it is because i do not like it, period.

He has always been the type of person who is quiet and never would hurt anyone's feelings but mine. Now it's to the point he is hurting his family, kids, my family. He is fine for a week and then he is the devil. He thinks every female wants him.

I have been hurt so many times with him flirting with other women and i have to beg for his attention. I have been through so much depression and he adds so much more. He tells everyone his levels are low and it affects his sex life. Well, that is a lie, and if it did then he wouldn't be out flirting with other women, telling them i won't have sex with him and so on.

He is so bad and he will say things in front of people that hurt my feelings so bad and he wouldn't say he was sorry for anything. He wasn't like that before.

I get so sick of everyone asking me when he takes these spells what is wrong with him. He says it is us, but he better realize what he has at home, because the next time i have to find out he has been talking to a female and telling them what i beg him to tell me, it won't be pretty.

I will say the same thing he does and say it's you sweetie.

By anon103503 — On Aug 12, 2010

My boyfriend is on steroids and he was already a very moody person so I am not really sure if it is the steroids or if its just him.

Lately it seems like everything is a problem. We have arguments for no reason and it's frustrating. He just started Decca so I'm unsure if its the reason. It's scary because we can be happy an laughing one second and the next I'm being accused of things out of this world.

He called me a name for the first time in four years and I don't understand why he is so angry.

By anon100116 — On Jul 28, 2010

This is true. Look at what happened to chris benoit, the professional wrestler. He killed his son and wife then himself, all because of steroids. Roid rage is true.

By anon96726 — On Jul 16, 2010

anon 51390: I'm in exactly same boat as you with my husband. Couldn't agree more. I need someone to talk to that understands!

By anon94851 — On Jul 10, 2010

I have never once had roid rage. I honestly don't see what you people on here have to say about them. Yes, they are addictive; i can admit that. But they certainly do not make you aggressive in any way.

By anon94553 — On Jul 09, 2010

My friend Neil has become a completely different person since being on steroids. He suffers from extreme roid rage and purposely gets himself lost in the snow. I just don't know what to do anymore. his mood swings are becoming a pain, the other day he tried to fight a fly and lost. He thinks he's a lot stronger than he actually is. Not good.

By anon90180 — On Jun 14, 2010

i really miss the brother i had. thanks to steroids he is a completely different person that no one recognizes. his fiance won't marry him and he is quickly losing friends. this drug is crap and if any of you people who are dying to have muscles, why don't you just go work out and eat right like all the other big kids do?

By anon87364 — On May 30, 2010

I have one thing to say after reading these comments.

My brother is taking steroids, he is 21 years old and it is destroying his life. You guys are sitting on this site "condoning this". This makes me sick. Four years ago, my brother was a fun-loving guy. Steroids have now turned him into an isolated young man with a hostile temper and its very addictive and he won't stop. Not to mention, it is killing my family seeing my brother in this shape.

You guys who do this stuff are so "conceited" and into yourselves that you don't stop and think what this does to your body in the long run.

Hopefully one day you guys who "juice up" will wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late.

By anon86094 — On May 23, 2010

i did a course of testosterone blend for six weeks and felt awesome. at no point did i feel like eating babies or knocking out the elderly.

as with anything you put into your body, responsibility and education are key. You can overdose on food, you can overdose on weed (missed a job interview) -- an overdose is an overdone! You can overdose on water and die, too. So harden up and do some research before you blame the world because you took too much.

By anon83865 — On May 12, 2010

James, they are not "crap" if used responsibly and if you know how to use them. However, if you do have depression and a bad temper, you are wise to stay away from them.

I use steroids, and I know what I am talking about from experience and from research. Not from the media. But you are correct. You are a person who may not fare as well. But don't put the rest of us down. Some of your favorite wrestlers, baseball, football, hockey, boxing, ama, have taken different things at different times and they helped do the trick for them.

Steroids alone will not get you far.

I once read a typical dumb post that said,

"Why don't these steroid users just go to the gym like everyone else!" As if you need not bust your butt in the gym, eat right and sleep right to make major gains.

Sad to say, but most of the naysayers know less than they realize.

But again, I support your decision not to use; it's a good one in your case. Just remember that we are all different and so should not have others running our lives.

That guy who is having problems with his temper should probably stop and make things right with his wife. He should also get some counseling because it sounds like he needs it. Then again, we didn't hear his side of the story either. Peace. Good Choice

By anon83858 — On May 12, 2010

Please look up and post proof of anyone dying of steroids? Millions die from alcohol, millions from tobacco, millions from hard narcotics, but can you give me just five medically documented cases of death due to steroids?

There are a few cases where guys had heart attacks while doing aerobics who were also on steroids, but there are 10 times that many that died while doing aerobics who were not on steroids, so maybe we should outlaw aerobics?

To the 16 year old: stay away from steroids until you are at least 22! Taking anabolic steroids before you develop your growth plates and endocrine system is a very foolish thing to do. Go on any responsible steroid board and you will be told that. Bad, bad, move.

For now, learn how to work out correctly, use whey protein, learn about your diet, take a course in nutrition in school, get plenty of rest each night and get as big as you can until you are 22 years old, and then, educate yourself on steroids, anti estrogens, and other pct things before you even think about taking steroids.

Steroids are nothing to play with unless you understand exactly how they work, which ones are right for your goals, and how to use on cycle and post cycle supportive drugs to eliminate side effects. Steroids, if used, need to be used with knowledge and responsibility.

Boston Paul

By anon83854 — On May 12, 2010

Anon, your life is not being affected by steroids as you think. Your life is affected because you are married to a violent person who also happens to be on steroids.

I am on juice and I don't beat up my beautiful wife. Sure, certain steroids like androl, can make you very aggressive, but not all steroids are the same. This is the big lie of most anti steroid lobbyists. They like to label any one of over a dozen popular anabolic as "stroids" as if they are all the same.

A man taking 500 mgs of testosterone a week, or 500 mgs primobolan, or a woman taking 20 mgs of anavar is not very likely to act violently unless they were that way to begin with. And if they were that way to begin with, why allow them to get off the hook by blaming the steroids, instead of just blaming them?

By anon83849 — On May 12, 2010

I cannot believe how one sided and opinionated this article is. The "studies" conclude that most persons experiencing "roid rage" are people that were violent to begin with. So there is little solid proof that roid rage is real.

Yet this guy goes on to say" Despite the studies" and then contradicts the studies to fit his own opinion.

Name these murders "linked" to roid rage. What does that mean? Linked? Because he took roids, it was roids that caused him to kill? No proof here.

By anon81857 — On May 03, 2010

Fewer people use steroids than smoke. Yeah, you can take them the right way but there is still rage. You can still freak out and have no control. And it is very possible to die from regular steroid use. It just depends on the person.

By anon76536 — On Apr 10, 2010

I highly doubt your cousin died of steroids, probably because he used them wrong and selfishly. Side effects aren't bad if you do everything proper. Smoking kills way more than steroids.

By anon72996 — On Mar 25, 2010

Not true.

By anon72235 — On Mar 22, 2010

I really did not think to much about steroids, well at least until they killed my 26 year old cousin, who appeared to be healthy. I lost my cousin in March 2010. I do not know how beneficial steroids are if they can kill.

By anon71730 — On Mar 19, 2010

i am 16 years old and i was considering roids until i read some of your comments. i would just like to thank you all for warning people like me how roids can seriously effect and ruin the user's life and family and friends of the user. thanks again.

By anon71280 — On Mar 18, 2010

oh my god. I was just going to buy steroids and start tomorrow. I was told about roid rage but after reading these comments (from jennifers etc) I am not even going to touch that crap.

I already have a bad temper and have suffered from depression and i could literally see my life being flushed down the toilet by doing that crap. Thank you so much, you've helped me more then you know! James

By anon60246 — On Jan 12, 2010

Oh.. and this is to 'jennifer's'. If they should crack down on the athletes, crack down on the hollywood stars too. Because you hear of them drunk driving or taking drugs all the time. I'm sure they're role models too.

By anon60245 — On Jan 12, 2010

To be honest, taking steroids is nowhere near as bad as what people make them out to be. The fact is, things will go wrong when things aren't done properly.

When I first took the juice I didn't do it properly and I wasn't in the healthy state of mind to be doing them either. Since then, I've used them properly and I have been fine. You could actually relate roids to alcohol:

1. When you take too much it sets you off in horrible moods.

2. Having an empty stomach makes the 'rage affect' worse.

3. Chances of damage to the liver and arteries. 4. When you're drunk, people look more appealing until your sober/ When on roids, you look more appealing, until you come off them.

My opinion is, if you're going to hit the juice then know your limits (just like booze). But at least steroids are for a constructive reason.

By anon57266 — On Dec 21, 2009

My now former partner was a steroid user. He claimed to be a body builder and was huge. After a 10-week break from his steroids he decided to punch me in the face 12 times and is now facing a charge for ABH.

I believe that steroids are too easy to get hold of, and the people who take them don't know enough about the side effects, or how to take them safely.

And as to wanting to look like a real man: real men don't hit women, steroid abuse or not!

By anon56998 — On Dec 19, 2009

I'm on steroids and have been getting into fights all the time and yes, roid rage is true.

i was a really quiet boy. Now i just get aggression and want to break people's heads for no reason. I have stabbed people as well for no reason.

By anon53196 — On Nov 19, 2009

Man This is pretty cool. i like this website because it is true about the roid rage and i think that people who do roids are weird.

By anon52851 — On Nov 17, 2009

While on superdrol, no changes in mood, no rage, etc. but a week after stopping while on ATD for post cycle therapy to bring hormone levels back up, I've noticed it's much easier to push my buttons though it's still controllable so, is it possible the roid rage occurs when people are coming off the testosterone?

By anon52761 — On Nov 16, 2009

Whats funny is when some roid raging jerk picks a fight and gets beat up! Boy do they get mad! LOL! They just snap, but it does no good against a trained fighter, who blacks and shuts their eye with one punch! What's worse, is that the reason for the steroids, being so vein, they have to have them to look "good" really kills them inside.

"Oh, I got sucker punched after I charged the guy." No, that's not what they say, they press charges, after picking a fight in a beauty salon! That their girlfriend started! That's what they deserve!

By anon51390 — On Nov 05, 2009

My life is being extremely affected by steroids right now. I believe my husband's already bad temper is greatly enhanced by them. The love of my life has been violent to me in front of our toddler, holding me by my neck on the wall so my feet couldn't touch the ground, pulled my ponytail so bad my scalp throbbed for about 24 hours, called me every name in the book, spit on me, held me to the floor screaming at me to move my hands from my face so he could punch me so hard my brains would be all over the floor, told me to pack all my belongings and the ones I leave behind he will throw out, kicked me out of the house with no shoes and threatening i will never see out kids again. This is a short list.

I am scared how easily steroids can be bought and how many people actually take them. I don't want to call the cops on him but he needs a wake up call that I can't give him.

By anon49449 — On Oct 20, 2009

My daughter's fiance went off on her last night, in front of her 10 year old and their 18 month old baby. He called her every curse word he could think of and then threw her out of the house along with the kids. They were arguing about how much he thought the oldest should be punished, with him thinking the boy should be "hit with a belt". She admitted to me she saw hypo needle packs in the trash, after thinking he had stopped using steroids like he said he had. I hope and pray she stays away from him until he gets into recovery. Or dies of liver death or whatever kills these people.

By anon43313 — On Aug 27, 2009

Dear Jennifers, What you say is so, so true! The people here ranting and raving on how good and how safe and what nonsense roid rage is are fools! I am in a situation that affects me and my *entire* family because one idiot believes injecting himself and his teenage kids is the best way to "achieve" miracles in the swimming pool and sports fields! To those people out there, I beg you to think and re-think again *before* taking steroids. They are banned for good reasons not because someone is jealous you will end up bigger than them one day!-- John Thomas

By anon39822 — On Aug 04, 2009

I turned out to be fine. Thsi article is a load of crap.

"Hopefully steroid use will decline as fitness concepts move away from the "Conan" look to the "Tour de France" look."

Sounds like more crap to me. Men still want to look like real men.

By anon37434 — On Jul 19, 2009

A couple of things to consider:

Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS), are just that, androgens. It is without a single doubt that these hormones *will* cause a mood change in a person, as aggression and dominance is in fact an animalistic instinct that we have learned to control, which is elevated by increased testosterone and/or other synthetic androgens which activate the androgen receptors.

A person who does not know how to control their behavior will most likely react badly to these hormones. This is just a fact, as they already have problems and anabolics will simply aggravate the issue.

Since Anabolic Steroids impart their user with profound muscular strength and size, this also contributes to the aggression as the person feels more powerful, and subconsciously believes more in using force to solve their problems than before.

This is all "on paper knowledge", however. In reality, the majority of anabolic steroid users don't go around on rampages. There is no conclusive evidence showing that just because a person decides to use anabolic steroids as an ergogenic aid, that they will act any differently than normal. The dangers of steroids and their effects on our mood has been overstretched drastically, which is the same story for the majority of drugs that are illegal.

In conclusion, I believe this: A person on anabolic steroids is no more dangerous than any other person who could very easily obtain weapons and commit crimes for any reason or in reaction to emotions. Federal regulation is an utter failure when it comes to our drug policy, it's effectiveness is simply masking the problem, not removing it.

By anon29421 — On Apr 01, 2009

is this true though? because currently i'm aware of no scientific evidence supporting "roid rage" and steroids aren't as harmful as other drugs in my opinion. i mean orals damage your liver, but so does alcohol abuse as long as you don't abuse steroids they aren't as bad, but can still be dangerous (high cholesterol,enlarged left ventricle etc) i mean personally i think steroids should be legal because then you can moderate what is on sale instead of all the black market and counterfeits.

i mean people are going to take them no matter what, so best make it legal so people can take the best ones and be well educated in what they're doing to they're bodies.

By anon16773 — On Aug 14, 2008

What are the proper treatments for treating roid rage? What steps do I do?

By anon16494 — On Aug 07, 2008

anon15492, the "tour de france" look already has plenty of roids and doping...most sports do these days.

By anon15492 — On Jul 13, 2008

Hopefully steroid use will decline as fitness concepts move away from the "Conan" look to the "Tour de France" look. One scary place for steroids would be the Mixed Martial Arts craze.

By jennifers — On Apr 12, 2008

It is truly terrifying to be around someone who is using steroids and has unpredictable, violent behavior. Especially if it's someone you know and love. When kids start thinking about how they can be better at sports, I think that people who have used steroids in the past and suffered (and had their family and friends suffer) should spread the word; so much easier to not start than to stop once you've started.

I also think that governments - specifically the US government - should really crack down on professional athletes who use steroids. The kids are just trying to be like their idols and if their idols actually got in trouble for doing stupid things like this, maybe the kids wouldn't be quite so quick to emulate them.

Tricia Christensen
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