Do you have Addison’s disease or adrenal insufficiency? Please consider completing this new research questionnaire looking at post-traumatic growth (PTG), led by Rachel Berryman, final year BSc Psychology student at the University of Hull.

The aim of this research is to investigate post-traumatic growth. Post-traumatic growth can be described as positive personal development following a battle or highly challenging life crisis. This study is seeking to understand more about post-traumatic growth in those with chronic illness.

Click here to complete the questionnaire

Rachel tells us: My older sister was diagnosed with Addison’s disease and I’ll be honest I’d never heard of it until this point. A few years down the line I now understand better the challenges she faces on a day-to-day basis. I am continually amazed by her bravery and resilience in dealing with her diagnosis. In particular when she is struck down by a crisis and the days and weeks after. She is a total inspiration to me.

In my day job as an Information, Advice and Guidance officer I meet many people coping with a variety of health challenges and it’s left me wanting to investigate post-traumatic growth and how it can possibly be predicted. I hope to be able to psychologically support people post qualification (and with a lot more further training). If you can spare me 20 minutes to complete the survey, I would be most grateful.”

Who can take part:

  • People who have either Addison’s disease or adrenal insufficiency. Please note: due to constraints of the questionnaire, please select "Addison's disease" for both conditions.
  • People who are 18 years or older.
  • The study is not restricted to location, so is open to international participants as well as those who live in the UK. 

What is involved:

  • The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes.
  • The closing date is the 6th February 2022 and the results will be available from May 2022.
  • The questionnaire is entirely voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time.
  • If you have any questions about this study, please contact Rachel direct on: [email protected]


Click here to complete the questionnaire

Good luck Rachel and thank you for researching into this rare area for the benefit of those living with chronic illnesses.

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