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The HD View with Dr. Mary Edmondson

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PRE-RECORDED January 30, 2012

Today's episode is with Dr. Mary Edmondson, a medical physician and a psychiatrist from Duke University, North Carolina; and a founder of the North Carolina Center for the Care of Huntington's Disease NC-CCHD), which is a wonderful organization that provides education, medical and social service care for Huntington's (HD) families in North Carolina. She too belongs to an HD family and brings a personal perspective to care.

In her "Recognizing Trigger Behaviors" workshops she first spoke of “empathy” or the capacity to think and feel the inner life of those who have HD. It was from this perspective that she talked about irritability in HD:  What it is, why it happens, how it feels for both the HD person and care-partners, how to understand it, and tips to control it.