In the rare cases of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, hallucinations or delusions, a psychiatrist can be consulted and may prescribe antipsychotic medication.
Apathy, the most common behavioral symptom of HD may be treated with psychostimulants, such as Ritalin.
Anxiety is usually treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which increase
levels of serotonin, a brain chemical known to regulate mood, emotion, sleep and appetite.
Most medications used to treat the symptoms of HD have side effects. Given the potential for such side effects,
it may sometimes be difficult to tell whether a particular symptom such as apathy is a sign of the disease or a reaction to
medication. Seeing a physician with knowledge about HD may be important in the treatment of motor, cognitive and behavioral
symptoms. For hints on how to find an HD-knowledgeable doctor, click here.
Patients with HD are often underdiagnosed and undertreated for the behavioral aspects of the disease. For
some, the behavioral symptoms can be the most distressing aspect of HD. Fortunately, scientists researching new treatments
for HD recognize the importance of treating behavioral symptoms as well as movement symptoms and continue to explore new ways
to effectively treat behavioral symptoms.
Overall, treatments for HD can be divided into two categories: treatments that improve symptoms, and treatments
that slow down the progression of the disease.
Currently, there are no treatments available that slow down the progression of HD. However, as research
continues, there are growing hopes that science will discover the means by which to not only treat, but also cure HD. For
more information on potential treatments for HD, click here.