Huntington’s disease (HD) is a genetic neurodegenerative disease that results in brain cell death. As the brain cells die, people with HD can experience:

  • Involuntary movements,
  • Impaired physical coordination and balance
  • Loss of mental flexibility
  • Difficulty with thinking skills and processes
  • Attention and memory difficulties
  • Difficulties with swallowing
  • Impaired verbal communication
  • Problems in planning, organising and executing task
  • Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Personality changes


HD symptomology as it progresses can be unpredictable and as such a person can present with a combination of any of the above outlined symptoms. Following the onset of symptoms the average life expectancy is 15-25 years.

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