About Huntington’s disease

Huntington’s disease is an illness caused by a faulty gene which affects the brain and nervous system.

Huntington’s can cause changes with movement, learning, thinking and emotions. Once symptoms begin, the disease gradually progresses, so living with it means having to adapt to change, taking one day at a time.

Living with Huntington’s disease can be very challenging for patients and their families.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of Huntington’s disease vary widely between people. Even people in the same family may be affected differently.

Genetics

Huntington’s disease is a genetic disease, which means if you have it, you inherited it from one or both of your parents.

Physiology

If you have Huntington’s, it means you have a faulty version of the gene responsible for producing a protein that helps nerve cells (neurons) in certain parts of the brain to develop before birth.

Medication for Huntington's disease

There are many medications that can help with the symptoms of Huntington’s, but each individual is different and responds to treatment in a different way.

About Juvenile Huntington’s disease

People who develop symptoms of Huntington’s and are diagnosed with the disease before the age of 21 have Juvenile Huntington’s disease – sometimes called JHD or Juvenile-onset Huntington’s.

Juvenile Huntington’s is quite rare. Less than 10% of people with the disease will have Juvenile-onset. This can make dealing with it quite an isolating experience for the patient and their family.

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Symptoms

In some ways, symptoms of Juvenile Huntington’s are similar to those of the adult disease, but there are some key differences.

Genetics

A gene is a piece of biological information you inherit from your parents. It is present in every cell of the body and tells cells what to do.

Physiology

If you have Huntington’s or Juvenile Huntington’s disease, it means you have a faulty version of the gene responsible for producing a protein that helps nerve cells (neurons) in certain parts of the brain to develop before birth.

Specialist JHD Adviser

Our Specialist Huntington's Disease Adviser, Helen Santini, is here to help you - she can provide information, advice and support on Juvenile Huntington's disease.