Suicide is unfortunately a common occurrence in Huntington’s disease. It is estimated that half of people who are gene positive for HD experience suicidal thoughts during their lifetime. About a quarter of people act on their thoughts and make a suicide attempt. Tragically, 10% of people with HD successfully take their own lives. These are sobering facts, but knowing about suicide risk in HD can help people with HD and their loved ones talk openly about this complication, and prepare safety plans to prevent suicidal or high-risk behavior.
Professor Raymund Roos at Dutch Medical School claims after Pnuemonia, Suicide is the second in cause of death in HD patients.
The International Huntington’s Study Group claims sucided is 7 to 200 times higher in HD Patients