Mental Health challenges and opportunities in pituitary disease

Mental health is an ongoing challenge for people dealing with Pituitary conditions, from brain fog to anxiety to downright depression. These and other emotional issues are some of the most talked about and commonly related when people talk about what it’s like to live with one of these devastating conditions.  Today’s podcast brings together two leading experts in mental health and pituitary disease for an in-depth round-table discussion of mental and emotional issues that affect people daily.  Click here for more helpful articles on mental and emotional health.


Our expert guests

Catherine Jonas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist and Board Certified Expert in Trauma Stress, specializes in working with patients and their families to help them cope with Pituitary Conditions. She consults with the Department of Neurosciences Pituitary Center at Cedars-Sinai Health System when physicians and other health care providers need her expertise.The center is focused on a multi-disciplinary approach to treating Pituitary Conditions encompassing not only diagnosis and treatment, but the psychosocial aspects of how the condition affects the patient and his/her family. As a psychological consultant, she has facilitated a number of patient support groups and leads courses on coping mechanisms. She provides therapy and community resources to patients and families. She speaks extensively on Pituitary related illnesses, such as Acromegaly and Cushing’s, helping both the patient and their support system. In addition to the above, Catherine is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and runs her own Geriatric Care Management & Counseling firm in Los Angeles called CJ &Associates Care Consulting. The company helps those with neurocognitive disorders such as dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease.

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Linda Rio has been a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) practicing in Southern California, USA, for over thirty-five years working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is the editor/author of The Hormone Factor in Mental Health: Bridging the Mind-body Gap (2014), which includes contributions from some of the world’s top experts in endocrinology, neurosurgery, medical family therapy, nutrition, patient advocacy as well as real accounts from patients and their family members. She was on the editorial team for Pituitary Disorders Diagnosis and Management (2013), and co-author with her daughter, Tara, of a book about eating disorders. Linda has had numerous articles, webinars and presentations about the intersection between pituitary disorders and mental health published online and has presented to mental and physical health professionals, as well as the general public about the importance of early assessment and diagnosis that includes integration of mental health into the treatment of pituitary patients as well as their family members.  Linda has contributed extensively to PWN.

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