Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a relatively rare disorder that often runs in families and so is genetically inherited. The condition often presents when sufferers are still in the prime of life, with a variety of symptoms, both neurological and psychiatric.
Eventually, patients with HD develop severe problems with mobility, co-ordination, speaking, swallowing and they cannot live independently.
Many patients with HD suffer psychiatric symptoms, especially psychosis, depression and problems with aggression. Cognitive impairment is the rule, with profound loss of memory, knowledge and the ability to communicate.
Capacity to make decisions is often lost.
The psychiatric management of a patient with HD definitely needs an expert neuropsychiatrist, often working closely with other healthcare professionals.