Steroids and depression – Hidden Effects of Juice?
Posted by cpaddon on November 14, 2012
Wednesday night I was working out at my home gym and I had a young guy come up and ask me for a spot; I have no issues helping others out so of course I walked over to his bench. He was a little hesitant before sitting down and he asked me if I’ve ever done steroids; With a quick blank stare he came fourth and blurted out that he’d just ran a cycle of d-bol pills that he’d bought off his buddy.
He said that since taking it he’s been feeling “down and almost depressed”. This got me wondering and I figured here would be the perfect place to discuss the issue: Can steroids really affect your moods, and moreover make you depressed?
At first glance I thought it was ridiculous. Given that we’re talking about a 17 year old kid here who has no business touching anabolic steroids (He looked about, 5’11 Maybe 180lbs) I was bias. My first answer was a defensive no!
What have I concluded since then?
Don’t get me wrong here, I do understand completely that there are many cases where people have neurological problems, leading to depression that can be latterly controlled by chemicals. It’s quite a fascinating subject to be honest.
Steroids cannot actually make you “depressed” in a natural sense given that there’s nothing in the compounds that signals or requires your neuro receptors to make any changes in the brain, which (I won’t get into it) but is more or less what actual “depression” is.
The one thing that I did acknowledge in this one situation is that, since for argument sake I am talking about a 17 year old kid taking an ORAL only cycle it actually could have a profound affect on his day to day moods.
First of all, if he’s taking steroids at that age & size it’s obviously because he has some issues about his physical appearance. In the new generation, I can pretty confidently guess that about 70-85% of new steroid users have no business touching steroids and typically do so out of their greed to strive towards a better physical appearance. I don’t care what your motive is whether in my opinion the right one or not, but steroids are no shortcut to thick muscles.
But, I digress. When taking an oral steroid such as D bol, it can actually slow or even in some cases shut down natural test production. So why does this matter as long as the gains from the d-bol outweigh the losses of slow test? Well, testosterone directly effects your mood. In a 17 year old kid, that probably just went through puberty and testosterone production is around its highest it will ever be, artificially shutting that down with a pill can definitely send you on a hilly swing of moods for a couple weeks.
Steroids cannot make you “depressed” but when all the right factors sit next to each other creating the “perfect storm” some steroid cycles can definitely give you some major mood turn around.
Let me know in the comments below what you think about the issue?
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