A few years ago, Marthe (UG psychology student) found out that her dad had Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Not only was she and her family struck by the devastating symptoms of the disease, also were they confronted with the consequences of stigma. She writes about her experiences and importantly gives some suggestions how to prevent stigma around this disease.
There is a problem with the treatment of first responders that badly needs our attention: how do we make sure that first responders receive help and, more generally, how can the burdensome stigma of mental healthcare be suppressed?
Adults with ADHD are at high risk to be confronted with negative attitudes and beliefs which can be described as stigmatization. In our research group at the Department of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology, we developed a disease specific assessment tool, measuring various facets of stigmatization towards adults with ADHD.