Huntington’s Disease

Huntington's disease is a degenerative brain disease that leads to uncontrolled movements, mood and behavior changes, and cognitive decline. It is an inherited disease, which means that someone with a parent who has Huntington's disease has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene for the disease.

Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

Early symptoms of Huntington's disease, such as mood swings and fidgeting movements, can appear between ages 35 and 50 and as the disease progresses over time.

Other symptoms include:

  • Uncontrolled movements or choreia, which is the Latin term for dance
  • Psychiatric symptoms such as depression, mood swings, anxiety, and psychosis
  • Cognitive decline
  • Gait problems and falling