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Huntington's Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

Huntington's disease (HD) is a disease that destroys nerve cells (neurons) in areas of your brain that are involved in the intellect, emotions and movement. It is a progressive, degenerative disease that causes certain of these nerve cells in your brain to waste away. Anyone from 2 to over 80 can get Huntington’s disease, however it is usually at middle age that signs and symptoms begin to appear. An estimated 30,000 people have Huntington’s disease in the United States. It affects women and men and all ethnic groups. Huntington’s disease is also known as Huntington’s chorea or chorea major. It gets its name from American doctor George Huntington who documented this disease in 1872. The name "chorea" comes from the Greek word for "dance" and refers to the incessant involuntary, jerky, quick movements that are characteristic of Huntington’s disease. Some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Huntington’s disease are decreased cognitive abilities and personality changes. Signs of depression, irritability and anger are examples of this. Difficulties in remembering important information, making decisions, answering questions and learning new information may also be indications of Huntington’s disease. Some of the earliest physical ways that you may be affected by this disease are clumsiness, mild balance problems and involuntary facial movements like grimacing. As Huntington’s disease progresses, other effects are: Young people who get Huntington’s disease many times have a more severe case that progresses faster. The effects sometimes mimic Parkinson’s disease with tremors, slow movement and muscle rigidity. Also, those who get the disease early may have seizures. It is rare, but children can get Huntington’s disease. You or a loved one may have Huntington’s disease. It may be why you or your loved one is disabled and unable to work. If this is so, do you need help? Do you need financial help? Have you or your loved one applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by Huntington’s disease? Were you or your loved one denied? You may plan on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, consider this. You or your loved one might need a disability lawyer like the one you will find at to guide and advise you in this procedure. The reason for this being true is because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer. Don't wait. This is something that could affect you or your loved one for the rest of your life. Fill out a form to receive a free evaluation of your case.