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Anabolic Steroids are a performance enhancer. It enables people to work out longer, harder, and therefore grow more, and faster in all aspects of athletic performance. While it does this very well, it also has major negative side affects, and is there fore band across all levels of athletic competition. It affects people negatively physically, and mentally.

            Mentally, Steroids can change people’s personality. It can cause depression, extreme fits of rage known as “Roid Rage” and thoughts of suicide. When taken off of the drug, individuals showed classic withdraw symptoms (insomnia, loss of appetite, reduced sex drive) this made the negative side affects even worse (https://www.drugs.com/article/anabolic-steroids.html). The negative mental side affects, including symptoms of depression, can last up to a year after use is discontinued.

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            Physically, steroids can make you stronger, faster, better etc., but health wise, its very bad for you. The negative side affects far outweigh the bad, they include: Hair loss, heart disease, infertility and stunted growth in teens. Some men and women are left permanently infertile, while some suffer from liver cancer, and heart attacks. (https://www.drugs.com/article/anabolic-steroids.html). There are programs out there that offer physical training to young athletes to show them that physical improvement can be made naturally.

            From this, it can be concluded that steroids are not worth it. They make you crazy, you could go from being a normal skinny guy, to having that sought after athletic prowess, but become empty and unsatisfied due to the depressive side affects of the drug. All that being said, while using steroids is illegal and harmful to ones health, that does not mean that people that use this drug don’t work hard. All it really does is enable them to work a lot harder then they could before, but at the expense of their health. 

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