The main conclusion of a new study on elite male strength athletes that researchers from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that there is a link between use of anabolic-androgenic steroids and reduced mental health later in life. Twenty per cent of the subjects in the study admitted steroid use. The study is published by CERA, which is the University of Gothenburg's centre for education and research on addiction. Together with colleagues from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, they found a connection between abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and mental health problems many years later. The study included almost 700 former Swedish wrestlers, weightlifters, powerlifters and throwers who competed at the elite level sometime between 1960 and 1979. Twenty per cent of them admitted using steroids during their active careers. The purpose of the study was to look for links between AAS use and mental problems. 'We found a clear link. AAS users were more likely to have been treated for depression, concentration problems and aggressive behaviour,' says Claudia Fahlke, director at CERA. The researchers also found that AAS users were more likely to have abused other illicit drugs and alcohol. However, it remains unclear whether the steroid use actually caused the mental health problems or the mental health problems rather caused the steroid use. 'What we were able to show, though, is that psychiatric symptoms and use of steroids and other drugs tend to reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. This suggests that the anti-doping efforts remain very important, both in and outside of sports,' says Fahlke.Source: Eurekalert << Glaucoma Drug can Cause Droopy Eyelids: Study Australian Study: Social Network Addiction Taking Over Live... >> Recommended Reading Mustard May Be A Safe Alternate to Anabolic Steroids A new research has revealed that a specific plant steroid triggers a response similar to anabolic steroids with minimal side effects. READ MORE Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids can produce power- packed, adrenaline – pumping performances but they also reflect a saga of condemnation and shame. READ MORE Are Steroids Bad For You? Steroids are miracle drugs but have to be used with caution. Some steroids are illegal to use, without prescription. Most steroids have severe side effects hence, these must be taken under strict medical supervision. READ MORE Bigorexia Bigorexia or muscle dysmorphia is a mental disorder most commonly seen in the males, wherein the individual is obsessed with his muscle size and has a constant desire to develop very large muscles. READ MORE Cannabis Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy plant with thick sticky flowers called Cannabis Sativa READ MORE Drug Abuse The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or substance abuse. Drug abuse or substance abuse is initiated by various biological and social factors. READ MORE Resting Metabolic Rate Understanding how metabolic process is regulated and what factors affect the same is crucial before adopting any fitness regimen. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Blood Donation - Recipients Indian Medical Journals More News on: CannabisDrug AbuseAnabolic SteroidsResting Metabolic RateBigorexiaAre Steroids Bad For You?