Huntington Disease

Huntington Disease

Huntington's disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington's disease has a broad impact on a person's functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking and psychiatric disorders. Most people with Huntington's disease develop signs and symptoms in their 30s or 40s and it progresses over time.

Daily Life

  • A psychologist or psychiatrist, and a genetic counselor will be necessary for your daily life through different stages of the illness
  • It is important to maintain physical fitness because if not your ability to move might decrease
  • As the disease increase it might get to hard for somebody to feed themselves and hard for themselves to swallow

Symptons

  • Movement disorder
-Involuntary Jerking
-Slow or abnormal eye movement
-Difficulty with speech
  • Cognitive Disorders
-Difficulty with focusing
-Lack of impulse control
-Difficulty processing
  • Psychiatric disorders
-Fatigue and dizziness

-Thoughts of suicide

Treatment

There is no treatment that cures the disease. Medications can lessen some symptom disorders. Multiple interventions can help a person adapt to changes in his or her abilities for a certain amount of time.

Sources

. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from mayoclinic website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/huntingtons-disease/basics/treatment/con-20030685

Huntington's disease. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from medicinenet.com website: http://www.medicinenet.com/huntington_disease/page9.htm

Huntington's disease. (2015). Retrieved March 9, 2015, from mayoclinic website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/huntingtons-disease/basics/definition/con-20030685