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Can paranoia be the first symptom of HD?

June 28, 2016

Huntington's Disease Youth Organization

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Can paranoia be the first symptom of HD?

Q. Hello. My husbands father has HD, and my husband does not want to be tested. He is now approaching the age of 40 and have no visible symptoms. However, I think he is showing some paranoia or at least extremely careful behavior concerning electronic devices and fear of being watched somehow.

I know this could have many explanations, but still I wonder..

Could paranoia be the first symptom of HD?

Hope you can help:-)

Anonymous, Young Adult

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A. Hello

Thank you for sending in your question to HDYO, I think you have answered your own question in that these symptoms could be a number of things, but yes it also could be a symptom of HD as behavioural changes do happen and can lead to paranoia or hallucinations at times. The only way to find out would be to visit a doctor/neurologist in your area for a check-up.

If you need any help with this let us know.