Irritability and irritable aggression are common symptoms of Huntington’s disease (HD). Fortunately, irritable aggression related to Huntington's disease is treatable with medications and environmental interventions. Some facts you should know:
- About 22% of patients with HD who live at home experience aggression.
- As many as 60% of people with HD living in long term care facilities become aggressive.
- Episodes may occur years before onset of motor symptoms or worsen as the disease advances.
- If left untreated, aggression may cause significant disruption of interpersonal relationships, affect work performance, risk placement in a long-term care facility, or prompt intervention by emergency responders.
Help is available! HD Reach takes an evidence-based approach to helping patients and HD families manage HD related aggression, whether fear of aggression is the main concern or care is required after an aggressive episode has already occurred. Every person with HD can benefit from healthcare interventions, compassionate care, and support. If you want to learn more, see the topics below:
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- How We Describe Behavior Matters
- Why do people with HD become irritable or aggressive?
- The Spectrum of Irritability
- Being Safe
- Where do I start?
- Choosing the Right Interventions
- Suggested Reading