What is Huntington’s disease
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a hereditary illness that causes damage to certain areas of the brain. This stops the brain and body from working as well as they used to, and affects a person’s movement, thoughts, behaviour and emotion. Symptoms can occur at almost any age but most commonly appear between 35 and 44.
There are different ways in which people are affected by Huntington’s disease. Everyone will be affected in different ways, some people have more problems with changes in their behaviour; others have more problems with their movements.
Huntington’s disease usually progresses slowly over a period of 15-25 years resulting in gradual physical, psychological and emotional changes and most commonly a combination of these. Often in the early stages of the disease the problems are associated with changes in the ability to co-ordinate information efficiently, so the messages being passed through the brain don’t always get to the right place.