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2409 Crabtree Blvd, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27604

Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

HD Reach
2409 Crabtree Blvd, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27604

Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

Huntington’s Disease is a complex disease that affects a part of the brain connected with many important areas that help control cognitive thought, movement, and mood. That trio of affected areas can create challenging changes in behavior and it’s important to understand exactly what some of those changes are and how they occur.

Why HD Behaviors Occur

Changes in behavior start with damage to the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for organizing, planning, sequencing, and multitasking. The prefrontal cortex is also responsible for several interpersonal reactions especially as they relate to relationships. Some of these reactions include:

  • Difficulty anticipating social consequences of behavior.
  • Difficulty controlling exaggerated behavioral expression.
  • Highly inhibited behavior.
  • Difficulty recognizing social cues and nonverbal communication.
  • It becomes more difficult to learn.
  • Language is impaired.
  • Thinking slows down.

Coping Strategies:

  • Developing strict routines and a predictable schedule.
  • Provide extra reminders if something needs to be done.
  • Expect tasks to be done slower because links between steps are missing from their memory.
  • Simplify steps and break tasks down into chunks to avoid overwhelming someone.

Common Behavioral Changes that people with HD can be prone to include:

  • Avoiding dental and medical care.
  • Driving without permission.
  • Excessive alcohol use.
  • Gambling.
  • Narcotic use.
  • Not taking medication as prescribed.
  • Not using seat belts.
  • Smoking.
  • Unprotected sex with strangers.
  • Use of mind-altering drugs.

Coping Strategies: Contact an HD Reach social worker who can help you decide what to do.  

HD Reach
2409 Crabtree Blvd, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27604

Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

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