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?
- aneurodoc125Lv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
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.Source(s): www.tremoraction.org www.youtube.com/user/tremoractionnetwork www.twitter.com/tremoraction