About Essential Tremor
Once known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. Some even feel an internal shake. ET is often confused with Parkinson’s disease although it’s eight times more common, affecting an estimated 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care.
You are not alone. Some pretty well-know celebrities and politicians have been affected by ET: actress Katharine Hepburn, the late U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, John Adams (2nd U.S. President), John Q Adams (6th U.S. President), Jonathan Diefenbaker (13th Prime Minister of Canada), playwright Eugene O’Neill, and perhaps even General Douglas MacArthur.
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Learn the basics of essential tremor, explore current treatment options, make secure donations, and much more, all from the convenience of your mobile device! This free app is available for both Android and iOS.
ET Reference Manual from Experts
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The IETF is happy to provide educational information to all who request it, at no charge. Learn more about this neurological condition including common medications, coping skills, surgical options, and more.
Narrated by some of the top movement disorders specialists in the field, this series of webinars cover everything you need to know about essential tremor, from the diagnosis process, treatment options to current research and more.
National ET Awareness Month
Children with Essential Tremor
Although the average age of onset is mid-to-late 40s, children, even infants, can be affected by essential tremor. Adults with ET have maturity and experience on their side, but children can often become overwhelmed by their tremor and the frustrations it causes. It is up to parents and other caring adults to help guide children through appropriate coping mechanisms and facilitate a healthy, positive self-esteem.
Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements Journal
(TOHM) is a fully open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes clinical and scientific papers on tremor and hyperkinetic movements. Because TOHM is open access, all articles are available in full text format online, free of charge. In contrast to other publications focusing on disorders of hypokinesia (i.e., mainly Parkinson’s disease), TOHM emphasizes the non-Parkinsonian movement disorders, giving center stage to clinical observations and research in this area.
Other Tremor Disorders
Learn more about other conditions that can cause tremor or tremor-like symptoms, such as Restless Leg Syndrome, Orthostatic Tremor, Post-Traumatic Tremors and Dystonic Tremor.