Social Work Online Course 3: Behavioral Symptom Management- Strategies to share with Families and Caregivers


Dr. Faeder will discuss psychiatric symptoms of HD, medications and other therapies used to treat, explanations of managing difficult symptoms like apathy, demoralization and sleep. Psychiatric issues are prominent in HD and family members often come to social workers with questions about this range of symptoms. Social worker knowledge of these basics are critical in helping families manage their loved one with HD and steer patients to professionals that can help treat these symptoms.



Morgan Fader, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in the overlap of psychiatric and neurological illness. He devotes part of his time to the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Neurology, where he sees patients and supervises psychiatry fellows. He received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and completed Psychiatry residency and Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship at UPMC.


After listening to Dr. Faeder, the social worker should be able to:  

  • Explain the need for both medicine and behavioral/environmental treatments for HD.
  • Explain why suicide is of concern in the HD population.
  • Name 3 strategies for behavioral interventions with a person with HD.