Living with Huntington’s Disease

Seating Is Believing

Huntington’s is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder, affecting the coordination of muscles, and ultimately leading to cognitive and behavioral issues. “Neurodegenerative” refers the deterioration or progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington’s is a genetic, inherited disease. It is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse with time, characterized by dementia, uncontrollable movements, memory issues, mood swings, speech complications, and concentration issues.

Juvenile Huntington’s disease is when the disease onsets before the age of 20, whereas most people with Huntington’s don’t develop signs and symptoms until their 30s or 40s. While various medications can be use to manage symptoms, no existing treatment is able to prevent the physical, behavioral, and mental decline that is associated with Huntington’s.

According to Stanford’s outreach program, behavioral changes that have documented in people afflicted with Huntington’s include apathy, depression, aggression, disinhibition, repetition, anxiety, denial, and hallucinations and mania. Of course, these…

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