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Will Having Too Much Testosterone Make You Angry?

by
author image Elizabeth Wanless
Liz Wanless began writing in 2006. Her work's appeared in the "National Strength and Conditioning Journal" and other journals. Wanless graduated Bates College and attended has pursued a Masters degree in sport administration at Ball State University.
Will Having Too Much Testosterone Make You Angry?
Knowing how testosterone will affect you means understanding how it works. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images

Testosterone steals the spotlight; whether it be illegal use in athletics or breakthrough medical therapies, a media storm surrounds the supplemental use of this controversial hormone. Naturally, as testosterone use rises, a discussion concerning the effects creates concern. Aside from adverse physical effects, rage and aggressive behavior is associated with testosterone. How factual is the link?

Identification

Testosterone is the principle male hormone classified as an anabolic steroid because it will increase body tissue size and encourage the retention of protein by the body. Produced by both men and women, testosterone is produced in the gonads and is derived from cholesterol.

Function

Testosterone occurs naturally in the body; individuals may supplement additional testosterone to treat certain medical conditions, to treat conditions caused by limited testosterone production, to treat some cancers or to bulk up for competition. The practice to aid sport with the use of testosterone is outlawed by most all professional sport organizations and controlled with routine drug test policies identifying surplus testosterone in athletes.

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Significance

The idea of testosterone "rage"---that extra testosterone can make someone angry and act out---came into the spotlight recently as a result of the double murder-suicide involving professional wrestler Chris Benoit in 2007. A media frenzy attempted to link Benoit's steroid abuse with this act of extreme hostility, however there has been no concrete evidence linking steroid use as a contributing factor.

Theories/Speculation

Several studies have, however, linked the use and abuse of high levels of testosterone with uncontrollable anger. Men who have high levels of testosterone usually respond to situations in an overly aggressive manner.

Prevention

Sport governing bodies seek to deter testosterone use in athletes with drug testing policies, punishment for offenders and education-based prevention. Those individuals choosing to use testosterone on their own to bulk up should be aware of the legal and health ramifications and should avoid risky behavior or potentially anger-rising situations.

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