Where this is no evidence of HD in the family, perhaps because a
parent is at risk but has not shown any symptoms, it can be a great shock for a teenager suddenly to be told the facts
of the disease. It may seem at first to disrupt completely all your plans for a career, marriage and the way you want to live
However you learned about HD, you will have a number of anxieties
about the future. Perhaps you may even be worried about your present health - whether in fact you could already be showing
You may be concerned that you look like or have a similar personality
to your parent with HD and irrationally fear that you are therefore mor at risk.
These are common and very under-standable anxieties which can be
dealt with if brought out into the open and discussed, but can be overwhelming if kept to yourself.
Knowledge of the real facts of the disease, rather than the belief
in some of the myths that surround it, leads to a realistic assessment of your situation. For instance having a parent who
is at risk, puts you in a different position from those whose parent is already affected, and this may influence your outlook.
An appointment with a neurologist or geneticist organised by your
family doctor would give you the chance to ask questions and clarify the information you have already received.