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  • ADSHG-join_us_articles.pngJoining the ADSHG & member benefits

    Membership of the ADSHG is open to anyone with Addison's or other forms of adrenal insufficiency that result in steroid dependence, family members, friends or anyone with an interest adrenal medicine.


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Addison’s disease (hypoadrenalism or adrenal insufficiency) is a rare condition where the adrenal glands cease to function and replacement medication is required.
    1. Addison's disease

      Addison’s disease (hypoadrenalism or adrenal insufficiency) is a rare, potentially fatal condition where the adrenal glands cease to function. People with Addison’s disease require life-long, daily treatment with replacement steroid hormones.
    2. Publications & communications

      The Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group, with the support and guidance of its Clinical Advisory Panel, publishes education materials for people with Addison's and their medical teams regarding the treatment and management of Addison's and other types of adrenal insufficiency. We try to make all our educational materials available for free download here on our website, subject to copyright.
    3. Real life emergency experiences

      In this section we feature real-life experiences of emergencies, by our members who describe how they coped with severe illnesses or accidents. In addition, we often ask a medical adviser to the ADSHG to comment on the experiences of our members, and where necessary, to offer suggestions as to what the individual might have done differently.
    4. Promoting good medical practice

      The ADSHG has made a number of submissions towards Department of Health consultation exercises on patient safety, access to medications and and good clinical care. Here, we present the main submissions that the charity has made since its 2004 charitable accreditation.
    5. Personal & life stories

      This article is now held on our new website at https://www.addisonsdisease.org.uk/Blogs/blog
    6. Famous lives

      Addison's is a rare condition, so that there are only a few prominent citizens, past or present, who have been diagnosed with it. In its members' newsletter, the ADSHG has published feature stories about the achievements of those exceptional individuals with Addison's who have come to our attention. Here is a small selection of those Famous Lives stories.
    7. Fundraising experiences

      The ADSHG is very lucky to have some wonderful supporters to take part in a whole range of activities to raise money to support our work. In this section, our fundraisers share their stories and provide inspiration for ideas on how you can support the ADSHG.
    8. Research and information

      The ADSHG helps support and provide impetus to research into Addison's. We can provide assistance with recruiting, limited medical grant funding and in-kind assistance for medical research.
    9. About the ADSHG

      The Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group (ADSHG) is the support group in the UK and Ireland for people with Addison’s disease or adrenal insufficiency and their families. First started in 1984, the Group is now a registered charity (no.1106791) governed by a body of elected trustees, which works to support its members with adrenal failure and to promote better medical understanding of this rare condition.
    10. Addison's Ireland

      Addison's Ireland is the Irish branch of the Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group (ADSHG) with approximately 104 members from around the country both north and south. It organises regular meetings in Dublin and around the country and works to raise awareness of Addison's in Ireland.
    11. Ways to give

      This article is now held on our new website at https://www.addisonsdisease.org.uk/fundraising-ideas
    12. Lectures & social meetings

      This article is now held on our new website at https://www.addisonsdisease.org.uk/Pages/Events
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    14. General articles

      Addison's disease is a rare condition, little known to the general public, that receives only occasional media attention. In this media section, we provide resources, explain how we assist media enquiries where we can, and list the ADSHG's past press releases.

About us

The Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group is the support group for people with Addison’s disease or adrenal insufficiency and their families in the UK and Ireland.The group was formed in 1984 and is a UK registered charity no. 1179825.

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