What is Huntington’s disease?

You may have heard of Huntington’s disease, but due to its rarity, you may not have a proper understanding of what the condition is.

As a progressive disease, the initial symptoms are likely to be mild but, as time goes on, Huntington’s disease will impact movement, emotions, memory, and personality.

What are the warning signs of the disease?

In most cases, the symptoms of Huntington’s disease begin to develop from the age of 30 to 50. However, in some circumstances, they may be seen earlier, or later.

As outlined by the NHS, the first symptoms of Huntington’s disease include:

  • Memory lapses
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Clumsiness and stumbling
  • Mood swings, including unexplained irritability or aggression

If you begin to notice any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Getting the right diagnosis and support early on can help you to prepare for worsening symptoms, which could include:

  • Difficulties with speech and communication
  • Personality change
  • Difficulties with movement
  • Breathing problems

What causes Huntington’s disease?

As a genetic disease, it is generally inherited directly from parents who also have the disease and is caused by a particular gene that results in the brain becoming damaged over time.

Whilst there are some cases in which individuals have the condition with no obvious genetic link, Huntington’s disease usually occurs in families.

At Synergy Complex Care, we understand the changing needs of our clients and act accordingly.

From our work with The Dean Neurological Centre, we have the expertise to support individuals with Huntington’s disease to maximise their independence.

Do you need care support for yourself or a loved one? Don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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