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Read This If You’ve Been Judged By People Who Don’t Know The Whole Story | Thought Catalog

There’s a difference between the people who see what you do and the people who see you. The former only understand a sliver of the situation and draw conclusions from what they perceive. The latter know you well enough to understand your motivations, or at least understand when there’s more to the story than what they see. Those are the opinions that matter. Not those of the people who only see a piece of the puzzle and decide they understand the whole situation, but the ones who have watched you put the entire thing together and recognize the bigger picture.

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Judgement; the root of all ignorance – Maria Colgan

WHERE DOES JUDGEMENT COME FROM?

1. A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING

The root of all ignorance is a lack of understanding. This is when we have an inability to put our self in the shoes of another. When we can’t do this, we generally tend to judge.

But does judgement really get us anywhere? We have all been at the end of someone else’s judgment of us. You know how that feels; the shame, feelings of inadequacy, guilt, self-doubt, self-loathing and our own inner judge joining forces to magnify what the judge has said about us.

When we judge ourselves or others, we generally do so out of a lack of knowledge. We judge from our stand point, without having any idea what it is like to be in that position.

No two situations are alike. No two people are alike.

How can we really say we would do something better given the circumstances? And not only is it those circumstances in that moment, it is everything in the life of that person up until that moment that causes somebody to act in the way that they do. And no two lives are the same.

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Do not judge me until you know me

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What are recreational drugs? | The BMJ

What are recreational drugs?

“Recreational drugs” is a loose term that refers to legal and illegal drugs that are used without medical supervision. There are four categories of recreational drugs: analgesics, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Analgesics include narcotics like heroin, morphine, fentanyl, and codeine. Depressants include alcohol, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and nicotine. Stimulants include cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy (MDMA). Hallucinogens include LSD (acid), peyote (mescaline), psilocybin (magic mushrooms), marijuana, ketamine, phencyclidine (PCP), and salvia divinorum (diviner’s sage).

“Recreational drugs” is a bad term. It suggests that drugs can be fun and safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. All drugs are nightmarish and dangerous. They alter our perception of reality and diminish our ability to reason, both of which endanger us. Drugs create psychological and physical dependence, both of which enslave us. Recreation is a legitimate need that requires legitimate activities, such as hobbies, exercise, conversation, music, dance, art, and literature.

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Epilepsy in Young People – Alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs and epilepsy

A few hadn’t noticed an increased risk of having a seizure when they were drinking, but rather that seizures were more likely the next day if they had a hangover. One man said, because of his medication, he is sick easily when he has a hangover, even if he hasn’t drunk very much. It is then possible to throw up epilepsy tablets and not get their full effect, which can be risky.

Some people were annoyed that they had to cut down their drinking, or not drink at all, because it made them more likely to have seizures or because alcohol didn’t agree with their medication. A couple of people felt that not being able to drink had a negative impact on their social life, especially at university. A few people had felt peer-pressure to drink alcohol, especially when they were younger, and some had lost friends after they were diagnosed and trying to live a more regular lifestyle. One woman said’

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Depression and low mood (young people) – Alcohol, recreational drugs and depression

Effects of alcohol on mood and depression
Generally, people said they were fine as long as they stuck to what they felt was their “safe limit” or drank “moderately”. Drinking “too much” made depression much worse. They pointed out that initially a couple of drinks made them feel better but after a few more, they felt a lot worse. One woman described alcohol as “a natural downer” so she’d stopped drinking. Some said going out and drinking lifted their moods and they were fine “when drinking” but that they felt “million times worse” the next day.

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Interactions of anabolic steroids and intoxicants | Dopinglinkki

Steroids change the central nervous system sensitivity to cannabis

Some steroid users may use cannabis to improve their sleep and decrease stress. There are less studies about the concurrent use of cannabis and anabolic steroids than about the concurrent use of steroids and stimulating drugs.

Anabolic steroids also lessen the pleasure of cannabis use. Nandrolone lessens the rewarding effect of the active substance of cannabis, THC, in laboratory animals, but it simultaneously increases the withdrawal symptoms that appear after the use [8]. Therefore, steroids possibly change the central nervous system sensitivity to cannabis.

Using alcohol and steroids concurrently adds aggressiveness

In laboratory animals, nandrolone increases the alcohol use for a long time after quitting the use of steroids. Together with abundant alcohol use, anabolic steroids further increase behavior problems caused by alcohol, such as losing control of things and self-control [9].

This may be a consequence of the effects of anabolic steroids on the functioning of the brain serotonin tractus [10]. For example, concurrent use of nandrolone and alcohol lessens fear and timidity and significantly adds aggressive behavior compared to use of only alcohol [11]. Thus, the use of anabolic steroids is sometimes connected to hate crimes, such as violent crimes [12].

These and several other research results support the assumption that anabolic steroids effect on an individual’s behavior and alter the effects of other toxicants by changing the biochemical functions of the central nervous system.

Sanna Kailanto
Ph.D., Senior Researcher
National Institute for Health and Welfare

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Steroids – Alcohol and Drug Foundation

There is no safe level of drug use

The overall evidence to demonstrate the benefits of anabolic steroids to significantly improve athletic performance is limited.7 Generally speaking however, some research has investigated peoples’ experiences after using anabolic steroids or other performance and image enhancing drugs. This research shows that people who use anabolic steroids experience an increase in muscle strength.8

People may use anabolic steroids in what they believe to be a healthy lifestyle context. They may not see themselves as injecting drug users. However, there are risks associated with using steroids without a prescription or medical supervision, even as part of a fitness training program.

In the worst case, long-term heavy steroid use can lead to heart attack, stroke and death9, especially among men aged in their early 30s who combine steroids with stimulant drugs, such as speed and ecstasy.3, 10, 11

Anabolic steroids affect everyone differently. The following may be experienced:

  • water retention – leading to facial bloating
  • acne – leading to permanent scarring
  • irritability and mood swings
  • more frequent colds
  • aggression and violence
  • increased sex drive
  • sleeping difficulties.3,12

Longer-term effects may include:

  • liver damage
  • kidney or prostate cancer
  • high blood pressure
  • depression
  • cardiovascular complications
  • tendon/ ligament damage.3

Men

Effects include:

  • reduced sperm count and fertility
  • shrunken testicles
  • baldness
  • gynaecomastia (developing breasts)
  • involuntarily and long-lasting erection.3
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DrugFacts: Anabolic Steroids | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

How do anabolic steroids affect the brain?

Anabolic steroids work differently from other drugs of abuse; they do not have the same short-term effects on the brain. The most important difference is that steroids do not directly activate the reward system to cause a “high”; they also do not trigger rapid increases in the brain chemical dopamine, which reinforces most other types of drug taking behavior.

Misuse of anabolic steroids might lead to negative mental effects, such as:

  • paranoid (extreme, unreasonable) jealousy
  • extreme irritability and aggression (“roid rage”)
  • delusions—false beliefs or ideas
  • impaired judgment
  • mania
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Mixing Steroids and Cocaine: What Are the Risks?

Anabolic steroids are derived from male hormones and help to build bone tissue, muscle tissue, and other tissues in the body. Catabolic steroids, or glucocorticoids, are produced as a response to stress, and they break down and metabolize substances in the body. Examples of artificially produced catabolic steroids include hydrocortisone and prednisone. These steroids are not abused as often as anabolic steroids.

Anabolic steroids also have medicinal purposes and can assist individuals who have issues with tissue damage due to burn injuries, weight loss due to intestinal disorders or diseases like HIV. They can also help those who have lost muscle mass as a result of chemotherapy to build tissue and gain weight. These drugs can be taken in pill form or injected.Some of the commonly known anabolic steroids include:

  • Dianabol (methandrostenolone)
  • Winstrol (stanozolol)
  • Durabolin (nandrolone phenylpropionate)
  • Deca-Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate)
  • Depo-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate)

The central nervous stimulant cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine) is a well-known drug of abuse that is manufactured from the leaves of the coca plant. Cocaine does have some medicinal uses in the United States but is more familiar as a drug of abuse. It is abused in a number of different ways, such as via injection, snorting it (e.g., powder cocaine), and smoking it (e.g., crack cocaine).

Abuse Issues

Both anabolic steroids and cocaine are drugs of abuse. Most anabolic steroids are classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule III controlled substances, whereas cocaine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. This classification indicates that steroids are considered to have more appropriate medicinal uses and less prone to abuse than cocaine; however, both drugs have a significant potential for abuse and for the development of physical or psychological dependence.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it is estimated that in 2015 approximately 1.9 million people over the age of 12 were users of cocaine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2015 approximately 3.5 percent of individuals in high school reported using anabolic steroids without having a prescription for them, which represents an estimate of about 500,000 individuals. The United States Justice Department estimates that a little over 1 million adults over the age of 18 use anabolic steroids without a prescription. Individuals who misuse or abuse anabolic steroids are likely to be male.

People abuse cocaine to experience the stimulant and psychoactive effects of the drug, whereas abuse of anabolic steroids is typically associated with individuals who engage in some form of an athletic endeavor, such as bodybuilding or other sports, who are trying to improve their performance and/or increase their muscle mass while reducing their body fat content.

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