Huntington's Disease

Townsend Lambert


Huntington's disease (HD) is a neuro-degenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to mental decline and behavioral symptoms.


  • Involuntary jerking or writhing movements
  • Muscle problems, such as rigidity or muscle contracture
  • Slow or abnormal eye movements
  • Impaired gait, posture and balance
  • Difficulty with the physical production of speech or swallowing
  • Difficulty organizing, prioritizing or focusing on tasks
  • Lack of flexibility or the tendency to get stuck on a thought, behavior or action
  • Lack of impulse control that can result in outbursts and acting without thinking
  • Lack of awareness of one's own behaviors and abilities
  • Slowness in processing thoughts or ''finding'' words
  • Difficulty in learning new information
  • Feelings of irritability, sadness or apathy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide



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