TABLE 7: COPING STRATEGIES FOR IMPULSIVITY
- Since the person with HD cannot control his responses, a predictable daily schedule can
reduce confusion, fear and, as a result, outbursts.
- It is possible that a behavior is a response to something that needs your attention. Don't
be too quick to discount it as an outburst.
- Stay calm. This will help you remain able to think and not react emotionally and impulsively
yourself. In addition, staying calm may help the person calm down.
Let the person know that yelling is not the best way to get your attention and offer alternative
methods for getting your attention.
Remember, although the things being said are hurtful or embarrassing, generally the person
is not doing this intentionally. This is the HD talking, not your loved one.
The person may be remorseful afterward. Be sensitive to his efforts to apologize.
Do not badger the person after the fact. It won't help. Remember, this lack of control,
likely, is not by choice.
Medications may be helpful for outbursts and sexually inappropriate behavior. Talk to your