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).
Cushing's syndrome describes the signs and symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to very 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. Cushing's disease refers to a pituitary-dependent cause of Cushing's syndrome: a tumor (adenoma) in the pituitary gland produces large amounts of ACTH, causing the adrenal glands to produce elevated levels of cortisol.