Hamsters with roid rage reveal that human teens may stay nasty for more than two years, with possible long-term brain impact
Anabolic steroids not only make teens more aggressive, but may keep them that way into young adulthood. The effect ultimately wears off but there may be other, lasting consequences for the developing brain. These findings, published in Februarys Behavioral Neuroscience, also showed that aggression rose and fell in synch with neurotransmitter levels in the brains aggression control region. Behavioral Neuroscience is published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Neuroscientists are deeply concerned about rising adolescent abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AASs), given the National Institute on Drug Abuses estimate that nearly half a million eighth- and 10th-grade students abuse AASs each year. Not only do steroids set kids up for heavier use of steroids and other drugs later in life, but long-term users can suffer from mood swings, hallucinations and paranoia; liver damage; high blood pressure; as well as increased risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. Withdrawal often brings depression, and recent research suggests that some AASs may even be habit-forming.
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