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Are people with cushing's syndrome ever prescribed antidepressants for the "losing my mind" feeling of hypercortisolism?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

It depends: In "mood disorder due to a medical condition, " there's a clearly perceptible mood disturbance (either depressive or elevated, expansive mood) that causes clinically significant distress/impairment in important areas of functioning. It's physiologically related to the underlying medical condition, which needs primary treatment. Antidepressants & other meds may help manage symptoms in meantime.

Answered 5/1/2016

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Steroid depression: Yes, antidepressants are often used to treat the psychiatric manifestations of cushings syndrome. Most effective, however, is to cure the cushing's syndrome, usually with appropriate surgery.

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