About Essential Tremor
What is Essential Tremor?
Once known as familial tremor, benign 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 people 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. But essential tremor is more than just a tremor. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care.
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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.
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.
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ET Reference Manual from Experts
Dive deep into to the unknown and discover all there is to know about ET in the new, essential tremor reference manual, Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say. Become an IETF annual donor, and this eBook is yours free.
National ET Awareness Month
Other Essential Tremor Videos
Learn more about essential tremor from one of these educational videos, produced by our partners, to help educate the public about this life-altering condition.
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.