Huntington's disease is associated with a considerable psychiatric morbidity and mortality. These risks are not confined to the sufferer. The relations of victims, both biological and legal, are also at high risk for significant psychosocial dysfunction (O'Shea & Falvey, 1988). Despite recent advances in genetic research, there is still no cure for this chronic choreodementia syndrome. Medical management is confined to palliation of symptoms. The doctor and the patient's family, in the face of this unpleasant disease, are wont to exercise a variety of psychological defences which may hinder the delivery and receipt of adequate support (Martindale, 1987).
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