So it seems there's still a lot of misinformation floating around about AAS (Anabolic androgenic steroids, the correct name for "roids")
So hopefully we can use this thread to clear up myths and answer questions. Post any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer them or if you're in the know post your own myths and debunk them.
"roids make your dick shrink"
This one is probably the most common in the mind of the public, and it's also the least true. No form of AAS or prohormones can shrink you penis, it is literally not possible. What this is actually mistaken for, is ball shrinkage. A common occurrence when using testosterone is testicular atrophy, but this is temporary and the balls will return normal after you cycle off.
"lol ur gonna get roid rage and kill someone"
Again this is another shitty myth that stems from misinformation. Higher testosterone is correlated with higher aggression, but aggression has nothing to do with flying off the handle and killing people, that is a complete mental breakdown and loss of control.
There were several studies backed by the federal government which tried to paint a high correlation between steroid use and hypomania, but these were later shown to be fabricated.
What the popular media fails to note is that individuals involved in "roid rage" cases were unstable personalities before they started using AAS. As such it exacerbates their mental problems. Of course, it's easier to blame "drugs" than it is to say that they were a shitty person. Used properly, there is nothing to suggest that a person of healthy mental state will experience any such rage.
"[B]didn't some kid get all depressed and kill himself from steroid abuse"
Again, similarly to roid rage, this is pure misinformation that the media and the government loves to exploit. Every report of depression linked with steroids has been purely anecdotal, and they always fail to acknowledge that these cases may have had prior mental unstability.
It's highly unlikely that AAS causes depression, as increased testosterone levels actually have the opposite effect: they increase mood, quality of life and decrease stress and hypertension.
"Friend got on steroids and now he's addicted, he can't live without them
This one may actually have some merit. Many AAS users describe a noticeable difference in mood and huge increase in confidence when they are on AAS. So it's easy to suggest that when you cycle back to normal levels you would like to feel that way again.
Also if you're a scrawny kid who thinks he can't put on muscle to save his life and then all of the sudden with the help of AAS you're making dramatic gains, it's easy to see how such a naive personality could get mentally attached to it and feel helpless without it.
However again this comes down to the person, there is no evidence to suggest that it is chemically addictive.
"steroids stunt your growth"
This one is still being argued feverishly. It's suggested that AAS usage in teenagers may cause premature closure of the growth plates, but there's never been evidence to confirm this.
Arnold Schwarznegger was using boatloads of AAS in various forms since he was 16 in an age where they didn't know about PCT (post cycle treatment) and he still ended up 6'2. That said, comparing Arnold to most people is wrong because most people don't have Arnold's genetics, and genetics do play a part in whether you can handle huge amounts of AAS.
But at any rate, if you're not a dumb ass about AAS you should be 21 at least and by then you should be near finished growing and able to make an educated adult decision.