Clinical and Mental Health Challenges to their Diagnosis and Treatment
Depression, anxiety, loss of libido, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, lethargy... these are all mental health conditions that are common in people with a pituitary disorder. And, did you know that one in five people are currently living with a pituitary disorder? That's 60 million people in the United States alone.
Research shows a greater prevalence of pituitary and other neuroendocrine disorders than previously known. Unfortunately because disorders of the pituitary are not understood, it can take many patients years to obtain a proper diagnosis. Once diagnosed and properly treated, patients are often faced with physical and mental changes that may be lifelong. Therefore, the aspects of long-term medical management and hormone replacement therapies will be needed.
The Case In Point webinar series lays out a broad overview of common pituitary disorders, including but not limited to the clinical presentation and diagnosis of functioning and non-functioning pituitary tumors, their treatment and immediate post-operative complications. The medical and mental health aspects specific to these disorders will be also be discussed with plenty of opportunity for questions and input.
About the Webinar
So, what is the pituitary gland and what is a pituitary disorder? According to the Pituitary Network, the pituitary gland is called the "Master Gland” of the endocrine system because it controls the functions of all the other endocrine glands. From its position above the rest of the body, it sends signals to the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes, directing them to produce thyroid hormone, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and many more. These hormones have dramatic effects on metabolism, blood pressure, sexuality, reproduction, and other vital body functions. This "Master Gland" role makes the pituitary gland quite important, despite its small size.
It is largely unknown that problems with the pituitary gland can cause not only physical problems, but also mental health issues that impact individuals as well as families. Physicians have been trained that pituitary tumors are rare, and mental health professionals have virtually no training in their identification and treatment. At least until recently.
Pituitary and other hormonal disorders encompass a wide range of symptoms that may appear months or years prior to proper medical diagnosis. Pituitary patients are often the first to recognize that something may be wrong when they find their sexual and/or mental health deteriorating. Symptoms commonly thought of as purely psychological in nature, but common in pituitary disorders, include major depression, suicide, anxiety, weight gain/loss, sexual dysfunction, anger and rage, cognitive disturbances, and more. Other symptoms can have a mental health component. For example, the effects of infertility or loss of libido can impact a couple’s relationship and stability. Lethargy, apathy, and mental slowness all wreak havoc with the ability to function fully in work, family and social environments. Menstrual irregularities and pain can cause losses in work or school productivity. Amenorrhea (absence of menses), especially when accompanied with weight loss, can be mistakenly diagnosed as anorexia nervosa.
Understanding the impact disorders of the pituitary is essential for healthcare professionals to understand so that patients affected can obtain a complete and correct diagnosis, as well as appropriate treatment.
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How Does the Webinar Work?
The live audio is delivered to your location over the telephone or your computer speakers. The Power-Point presentations are presented over the Internet and are available to print out before the program. This is like a talk-radio program with visuals on the Web. You and your team will be able to have a live Q&A with all the speakers.