If The Sun (UK) tabloid newspaper can find a story that will demonize anabolic steroids, it will most certainly publish it. That latest one involves a grieving wife in Dublin, Ireland who blamed steroids and steroid addiction for the suicide death of her husband and father of her four children.
Mark and Sarita Egan were childhood sweethearts who ultimately had four children together (currently ages 11, 8, 5 and 2). They got married in July 2013. But less than four years later, Mark experienced multiple episodes of psychosis and ultimately took his own life in June 2017.
Sarita traced the tragic death back to Mark’s decision to start using steroids in order to improve his physical appearance for their wedding day in the summer of 2013. When Mark ended his first steroid cycle, he was said to have experienced unspecified but extreme withdrawal side effects after their honeymoon.
"Mark started using steroids in the build up to our wedding,” Sarita recalled. "He had always taken care of himself, eaten well and worked out, but he wanted to bulk up and look good for our wedding and our honeymoon.”
Sarita reported that Mark became chronically addicted to steroids even though he wanted to stop. She blamed the government for putting her husband on a two-year waiting list because he could receive help from his local GP.
But it was the steroids in retrospect that Sarita believed was the root of all of his problems. Mark’s “head just didn’t feel right”. Mark couldn’t function normally as a result of his so-called steroid addiction. Sarita does not seem to think it was any undiagnosed or pre-existing psychopathology that could have been involved. Instead, Sarita has concluded that steroids caused his psychosis and his suicide death.
"His life was taken over by steroid addiction, just because he was trying to look good for his wedding,” Sarita told The Sun. "He worked so hard to keep functioning and in the end it just wasn't possible.
"Everyone knows that cocaine and heroin are bad for you but for steroids it seems like there's no warning. He didn't feel able to function at time properly as his head just didn't feel right.”
However, Sarita’s warnings probably won’t have any impact on the millions of steroid users in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world. Psychosis and suicide is a rare event among steroid users and probably not much different from the general population. It is easy to dismiss Sarita’s warnings as that of a distressed widow desperately searching for answers to explain a tragic loss.
Baker, N. (January 29, 2018). Grieving wife tells how dad-of-four husband killed himself over steroid addiction – after taking them to ‘look good on wedding day’. Retrieved from thesun.co.uk/news/5451969/mark-egan-death-steroid-addiction-wife-wedding-day-ireland/