Gabbo asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 10 years ago

Can Essential Tremor Get Worse By Thinking About It?

I have essential tremor in my hands when I write and sometimes when I eat. It seems to me that the shaking gets much worse when I am very aware that they are shaking. Is it possible that noticing it actually makes it worse or is it just that it seems worse because I am focusing on it?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Yes. I Have had several patients whose tremor got worse when they paid attention to it. One fellow could write just fine at home, but if he had to write a check in front of someone, he had to go home, get his wife and get her to write it. Anxiety, fear of embarassment, may be the mechanism. I do not think that is all of it, though.

  • 10 years ago

    Anxiety is one of several factors that worsens essential tremor.

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