Cognitive Effects Of Huntington's Disease
Cognitive tasks refer to knowing, thinking, organizing, judging and remembering. Huntington's disease progressively impairs cognitive functioning and uniquely affects individuals. Some cognitive symptoms of Huntington's disease include having difficulty learning or recalling information, struggling to find the right words, an inability to make decisions, focus and remain on task, having difficulty staying organized and prioritizing, and being unable to control impulsive behavior.
Cognitive symptoms tend to worsen as time passes and patients tend to experience them in a similar pattern. Earlier symptoms include impairments to processing information, organizing and initiating activities, while later symptoms tend to involve difficulties with communicating and expressing views. Fortunately, there are some cognitive abilities that tend to remain intact, such as the ability to understand information.