From the definition on NIH, Huntington’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects the brain’s basal ganglia and causes uncontrolled movements, emotional problems, and loss of thinking ability (cognition). Adult-onset Huntington disease, the most common form of this disorder, usually appears in a person’s thirties or forties.
Some symptoms include:
- Emotional turmoil (depression, apathy, irritability, anxiety, obsessive behavior)
- Cognitive loss (inability to focus, plan, recall or make decisions; impaired insight)
- Physical deterioration (weight loss, involuntary movements, diminished coordination, difficulty walking, talking, swallowing)
There are significant variations in symptoms, and not every person will have all the symptoms to the same degree. Symptoms also vary with each stage of the disease.
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