Huntington disease as a dual diagnosis disorder: Data from the national research roster for Huntington disease patients and families

Jason C. Ehret, Patricia S. Day, Ryan Wiegand, Joanne Wojcieszek, R. Andrew Chambers

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Although an extensive literature characterizes a linkage between primary mental illnesses and substance use disorders, a paucity of research exists concerning dual diagnosis phenomena in Huntington disease (HD). Data from the National Research Roster on HD suggest that higher levels of alcohol and cigarette use are associated with greater ratings of psychiatric symptoms and a younger age of HD symptom onset, and that progressive alcohol use after HD symptom onset is linked with worsening psychiatric symptom progression. These findings suggest HD entails dual diagnosis phenomena similar to that identified in patients with primary psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-286
Number of pages4
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 12 2007



  • Alcohol
  • Dual daignosis
  • Huntington disease
  • Nicotine
  • Psychiatric symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Health(social science)

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