Cognitive: amnesia, delusion, lack of concentration, memory loss, mental confusion, slowness in activity and thought, or difficulty thinking and understanding
Muscular: abnormality walking, increased muscle activity, involuntary movements, problems with coordination, loss of muscle, or muscle spasms
Behavioral: compulsive behavior, fidgeting, irritability, or lack of restraint
Psychological: delirium, depression, hallucination, or paranoia
Mood: anxiety, apathy, or mood swings
Also common: tremor, weight loss, or impaired voice
No cure exists, but drugs, physical therapy, and talk therapy can help manage some symptoms.
Physical therapist: Restores muscle strength and function through exercise.
Neurologist: Treats nervous system disorders.
Psychiatrist: Treats mental disorders.
Medical geneticist: Diagnoses and manages hereditary disorders.
- Animal models can replicate many features of the disease
- Considered one of the most common hereditary brain disorder
- Researchers are using stem cells to create a “disease in a dish” model, that allows them to create cells that reflect different forms of Huntington’s disease and then use them to screen different drugs to see if they are effective against HD.