Comparing the mental health and social determinants of family members who have HD in their family
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- Royal Melbourne Hospital
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Summary We are interested in investigating the psychosocial outcomes and differences in sibling and family pairs who are gene positive and gene negative for Huntington's disease.
Huntington's disease (HD) is a autosomal dominant neurodegenerative condition that has cognitive, motor and psychiatric manifestations, caused by an abnormal CAG expansion repeat. Those who are gene positive will eventually develop symptoms of this devastating disease. This knowledge in itself can be a precipitant for adverse mental health. However for those who are gene negative for HD may also experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and "survivor guilt". We are interested in comparing the mental health and other psychosocial outcome measures of matched sibling pairs and other family members who are gene positive and gene negative who are asymptomatic for the disease using a large registry containing data on people who are at genetic risk of HD.
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