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Job getting you down? Getting pressure thrown at you by management? Or perhaps it's your relationship that's giving you grief, or a friend, family member, whatever. We live in an age where being kind to yourself is more important than ever. I'm really interested to hear different stories in the hope that it may be of benefit to others reading this, just how imperative it is to regain mental focus and be happy. Exercise is one of my main hobbies in life. Whether that be hitting the gym hard and mixing it up with different routines, to cycling long distances and getting lost in this beautiful country. It's a chance for the mind to escape and set goals. I'm 26 years old and soon to be 27. For too long now, I've hesitated and debated over what it is that I want to do in life, only getting into the industry I want to work in, just a little over a year and a half ago. However, it's only a stepping stone as the eventual goal is to be on the front line so to speak (I work for the emergency services). To get there though, i need a certain maths qualification which i don't have. Quite frankly, maths terrifies me and has done ever since school. However, we are often told not to give up on our dream and if you put your mind to it then you can achieve anything. I truly believe this to be the case and hope that 2019 is going to be the year of change that I so desire. Being more organised is another positive in my busy wee life. I find it quite satisfying having a diary and filling it with my work schedule, gym entries and planning stuff as far in advance as possible. It's important not to cancel plans and bail on other people just because you've forgotten or gotten it overlapping with something else. You'll start becoming unreliable to good friends who you won't even realise how much they mean to you at times. It's important to have a core group of friends who you have similar interests with and can engage with. It's equally important to distance yourself from people who don't make time for you and are negative in your life. Life is too short for that. Setting goals and buying into the business of achieving them. It works wonders for the mind and gives you new found value in life. Life shouldn't be stagnant. On another note, if you want to do something in life but are a little hesitant, just DO it. One of my regrets in life is that knowing what i know now, i didn't join the royal navy full-time. The camaraderie and experiences you make in there is second to none. That can probably extend to the other forces too, but I'm navy through and through. What makes you tick and what do you do to regain mental focus & clarity? *Can you tell I'm struggling to sleep* ?
Hi guys, Does anybody else suffer from body dysmorphia? And how do you cure it I guess or cope with it? I'm not depressed or lacking confidence in any way. But I just don't see what others see. It's like I'm blind in a way. I look in the mirror at my body and feel like puking, even questioning why I go gym, why has my body not changed in a couple years of training. But other people seem to think differently, for example in photos I look completely different to how I look in a mirror. Unless I'm comparing myself to someone else who doesn't lift. I can't really see any gains. Basically what I'm saying is topless.... I look like topless will ferrel... But except I don't according to others. I'm confused as hell. What's going on? Do I need to see a psychiatrist?
CaliforniaPrune posted a topic in Steroid and Testosterone informationHey there, I’ve posted these queries on a couple of other forums, but am really keen to get as many opinions as possible. Apologies in advance for the long ass post! After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to take the plunge and begin my first cycle. This will entail 10-12 weeks of Test E at 400mg per week (200mg every E3.5D) and 12.5mg aromasin E3.5D (adjusted up or down depending first on symptoms and then on mid-cycle blood work). I’m due to start tomorrow, but am getting cold feet as I have a history of mental health issues. I’ve been on sertraline (150mg) for a couple of years, and recently added the mood stabiliser lamotrigine as I have depersonalization/derealization, and also because my GP suspects I may have bipolar disorder too. So my questions nearly all revolve around mental health sides on cycle and during PCT, particularly with regards to how serotonin may be affected. Any help with these queries would be massively appreciated: https://dopinglinkki.fi/en/info-bank/doping-substances/anabolic-steroids-cause-long-standing-changes-brain The study in the link above, performed on rats, shows that nandrolone has long-lasting effects on brain levels of serotonin and dopamine. "It took about five times the administration duration period for the dopamine system to return to its initial level before administration. Serotonin system recovery lasted, in turn, six times the duration of the administration period." Would you expect the brain changes observed with nandrolone to be similar to that of testosterone, given that all anabolic steroids are derivatives of test? The thought that it would take around a year for my dopamine levels to return to normal and circa 15 months for serotonin to return to baseline after a 12 week cycle is kind of terrifying! I was hoping this long-term change could be attributed to nandrolone being much more anabolic/androgenic than test, but then I checked the compound list in the Reddit steroid wiki, and found that nandrolone is actually much less androgenic than test (37 vs 100) and only a little more anabolic (125 vs 100). The following studies also show altered levels of neurotransmitters with anabolic steroid use, however the first two links relate to juveniles/adolescents, where the brain would still be developing, so hopefully wouldn’t be applicable to a 27 year old like myself: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1430421 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020809071423.htm https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1601-183X.2008.00458.x Dopamine has been observed to be tightly bound with test, whereas estrogen is more associated with serotonin. When using aromasin during cycle, I’ll always be leaning towards crashing my estrogen if in doubt, rather than risking elevated levels, to avoid physical symptoms such as gyno. If I crash my estrogen, how much would this be expected to crash serotonin? Given that I’m on an SSRI, which only keeps serotonin floating around for longer by blocking re-uptake rather than actually creating new serotonin, my concern is that crashing estrogen may cause my SSRI to be less effective, as there won’t be as much initial serotonin to work with. Estrogen crashing aside, wouldn’t test itself likely make me more dopamine dominant and serotonin depleted? I really want to avoid this not just to make sure my SSRI is still effective, but also because I believe going by my mental health symptoms that dopamine might be too high already (which my GP mentioned when he raised the possibility of bipolar). Anecdotally speaking, it appears a lot of people find test gives them far fewer mental / physical sides than other steroids such as nandrolone and trenbolone. Is this something you would agree or disagree with, going by your personal experience on cycle? I’ve decided to go with toremifene and enclomiphene citrate (which contains only the “good” clomid isomer) for PCT, to try to make mental sides as minimal as possible. Hopefully this helps, but if not, is PCT really as hellish as people say with regards to mental (and physical) struggles? And how long does this tend to last, roughly? Finally, a non-mental health related question! I was on TRT for 5 weeks in 2011, when I was 19, and then did a 5 week cycle of 5mg LGD-4033 between April - June this year (meant to be 8 weeks but had to cut it short due to sides). From a physical standpoint, would you consider this upcoming cycle to be my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd real cycle? Wasn’t sure if the first counted as it was only at prescription levels (5mg androgel per day) whereas the second was only a SARM. I only ask because I know that, generally speaking, the more cycles you do, the more chance there is of not regaining natural T levels. I should note at this point that I found out the cause of my low T levels a few years after attempting TRT, and they’re now very solid (ranging from 600-700 in my last few blood tests). I understand you can keep a substantial amount of your gains from a test cycle as long as you haven’t reached your genetic potential. I only want to do one cycle (I know everyone says this!) and then quit, so could I regain say 70% of my gains many years down the line if I don’t reach my limit, or is only doing one cycle a complete waste of time? Thanks again to anyone who can help with these questions!
How many if any have been severely affected by depression, or had any real bad withdrawal symptoms due to steroids and what was the cause, was it due to real abuse cause you where b and c all the time or because you done so many cycles that you weren't seeing any results, and has any body just ran a few cycles and quit and felt fine and carried on with there lives with no bad sides whatsoever?