Never Too Buff

The quest for the ideal lean and mean body can lead to an obsession/preoccupation that is disabling, dangerous and deadly.

The number of officers who abuse anabolic-androgen steroids is unknown, many professionals have provided guestimates. However, it is widespread enough that the DEA has published a pamphlet called Steroid Abuse by Law Enforcement Personnel.

Treatment for Male Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Bona fide body dysmorphia in men requires professional treatment. This treatment includes both medication and therapy. Currently the medications of choice are SSRI antidepressants (Celexa, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Zoloft). Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) helps the individual confront and challenge his mistaken beliefs about perceived physical defects. CBT also assists the man in changing his underlying negative thoughts and beliefs.


From early childhood, boys are bombarded with thousands of images of Herculean bodies. The not so subtle message is that this is how an ideal man should look. Growing boys, as well as men, need to recognize that muscularity is not the defining sign of masculinity; and self-esteem should not be built on six pack abs. Anabolic-androgen steroids have shattered the equilibrium of nature. They allow men to be more muscular and leaner than their bodies were designed to be. They have also shattered countless lives.

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