Cushing's syndrome describes the signs and symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to inappropriately high levels of the hormone cortisol. This can be caused by taking glucocorticoid drugs, or diseases that result in excess cortisol, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), or CRH levels.
The pituitary has two parts. The anterior lobe is the source of prolactin, GH, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH, controlling the thyroid), gonadotropic hormones (LH and FSH, controlling testes or ovaries) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, controlling the adrenal glands). The posterior lobe contains nerve fibers coming from the brain (hypothalamus) storing oxytocin (necessary for uterine contractions during delivery) and anti-diuretic hormone.
Hormones of the Posterior Pituitary: Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH), and Oxytocin. Hormones of the Hypothalamus and Anterior Pituitary: Growth Hormone (GH), Prolactin (PRL), Gonadotropins - Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), and Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH).