Many health and social care professionals may only come across a handful of cases of Huntington's disease during their career. Our experience and expertise can help make it easier to confidently care and support patients.

Huntington's disease symptoms

The symptoms of Huntington’s disease vary widely between people. Even people in the same family may be affected differently. The symptoms usually affect three main areas:

  • Movement
  • Cognition
  • Behaviour


This is often referred to as the movement symptom and is the most obvious change patients display. This affects some people more than others. People may have involuntary movements while at the same time, having more difficulty with the movements they want to make such as doing up buttons.


This is the symptom that affects people most in daily life. Tasks may take longer or become harder, they may struggle to concentrate and become more forgetful. It becomes more difficult for them to learn new things and to make important decisions.


This symptom is the most difficult for the person and for family members. The person may feel and behave differently which can cause them to become more frustrated, irritable or angry.