Psychiatric complications of anabolic steroid abuse

Psychosomatics. Jul-Aug 2005;46(4):285-90. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.46.4.285.


The authors review the literature from human and animal studies on the neurochemical and pathological psychiatric effects of supraphysiological doses of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and discuss the AAS use and abuse patterns, additional drug use patterns, and personality and behavioral characteristics of AAS abusers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anabolic Agents*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data


  • Anabolic Agents