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Cushing's disease may cause
Emotional symptoms

Cushing's disease occurs when a tumor on your pituitary gland increases the level of a hormone called cortisol in your body. When the level of cortisol in your body is too high (called hypercortisolism) for too long, it may lead to emotional symptoms. This does not happen to everyone, but statistics show that many patients with Cushing's disease have emotional symptoms.

Identifying emotional symptoms of Cushing's disease

Emotional symptoms may be difficult to identify, but they can be addressed once they are recognized. Some of the emotional symptoms of Cushing's disease include depression, anxiety, and irritability. Taking the following action may help identify and appropriately address your emotional symptoms:

  • Speak with your doctor if you notice a change in your emotions (think of specific examples when you didn't feel like yourself)
  • Ask friends and family if they have noticed any changes in your mood or behavior
  • Tell your doctor how your physical symptoms are affecting your emotions
  • Print out sections of to help you speak about your emotions with your doctor, friends, and family

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