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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tonight we will be discussing obsessive compulsive behaviors in Huntington's disease.

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Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors and Huntington's Disease

Obsessive compulsive behaviors (OCBs) occur frequently in Huntington's disease (HD) and can cause great distress. These behavior symptoms are often hard for patients and families to describe, and doctors often do not routinely ask about or treat them.  It is important for you to recognize OCB symptoms and learn about treatment, because, though it is estimated that as many as 50% of HD patients experience these symptoms, a study of European HD specialty centers found that fewer than 2% were prescribed OCB-specific medications.  This is unfortunate because OCB treatment can make a big difference in the quality of life for both HD individuals and care-partners.

Though there has been little research done on this symptom in HD, there is much you can learn from the experts…