The term "Roid Rage" refers to a side effect caused by the use of anabolic steroids. "Roid Rage" is an increase in aggressive paranoid, irritable behavior and can also refer to a steroid induced psychosis. There are many different forms of steroids, all of which cause many side effects. Steroids can affect nearly every organ in the body. They can affect your heart by increasing heart rate, increasing blood pressure, increasing your bad cholesterol (LDL) and decreasing your good cholesterol (HDL). In the liver they can cause cysts, tumors and other liver damage. They affect endocrine system which regulates many hormones. The steroids inhibit you body's own testosterone and inhibit the synthesis of sperm, also causing shrinking of the testicles. They can also cause the growth of tissue under male nipples which is called "gynecomastia.” Steroids can cause bleeding by reducing the body's ability to clot blood. A very common side effect of steroids is severe acne and male pattern baldness. In females steroids cause masculinization.
Hormones are often used and needed in the treatment of certain medical diseases, but have also been abused by weight lifters and professional athletes. The abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids has trickled down to teenagers. The side effects are the same and can be devastating for a still developing adolescent/teenager. The steroids can cause an early closing of growth plates in still growing teenagers, resulting in a shorter height than one might have achieved.
With all of the negative side-effects of steroid abuse, including “Roid Rage,” FX certainly cautions our readers not to get involved in using steroids unless recommended by a medical care provider to treat a medical condition. If you, or anyone you know, is abusing steroids, seek professional help as soon as possible. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.