Apathy in Huntington’s Disease

This symptom impacts greatly on people’s quality of life, as it impacts on relationships with friends and families.

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Kelly Atkins
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology Candidate
Monash University


Why is apathy important in Huntington’s disease?

Apathy, or a loss of motivation, is commonly felt more by people who have Huntington’s disease than by people in the general population.

This symptom impacts greatly on people’s quality of life, as it impacts on relationships with friends and families, as well as engagement with health care professionals and treatments.

How am I investigating apathy?

In my research, I am looking at how apathy presents in people with Huntington’s disease, and how it affects thinking skills, physical activity and mood.

What will we learn from this research?

Knowing how apathy affects people with HD will help us to recognise it earlier and intervene before it negatively affects peoples’ lives.

For further information about the study including eligibility and participation requirements please contact Kelly Atkins:

Email: kelly.atkins@monash.edu
Phone: 9905 1918
Address: Room 408, Level 4, 18 Innovation Walk Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800


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