Anxiety Community
23k Members
5553333 tn?1369944648


I have had anxiety ever since I was born and recently I have noticed that I shake all the time. Most of the time the shaking is small and barely noticeable. Is this from being anxious constantly?
10 Responses
612551 tn?1450025775
I can't answer your question, but I would not be surprised if constant anxiety would cause physical health problems from shaking to heart rhythm problems.

Are you being treated for anxiety?  Any meds and/or counseling?  
5553333 tn?1369944648
Yes I am seeing a theripist and that's helping little by little. I tried meds but it made me depressed.
480448 tn?1426952138
The shaking could be related to anxiety.  Have you had a thorough physical to rule out any other cause?  That's always a good idea, as there are some common conditions that mimic anxiety and its symptoms.

What meds have you tried and for how long?  Some times, with meds, it's a matter of a bit of trial and error to find the right regimen.  Therapy is definitely a must, glad to hear you're doing that.  You can also help yourself by putting your own work in outside of the therapy office.  There are lots of books you can read that will help you, and you can always ask your therapist to give you "homework"...things you can do on your own to help manage the anxiety.

Keep working at it...it takes time.  Keep in touch, let us know how you're doing!
370181 tn?1428180348
I think you've gotten great advice and can't add anything to it.

But recently, my son, who is 28 and has anxiety, was recently diagnosed with a condition called "Essential Tremors."

I am, in no way, implying this is what is causing your shaking. I just feel that it might be worth running by your doctor the next time you see him/her.

Here is a very short definition of essential tremors from the Mayo Clinic:

By Mayo Clinic staff

Essential tremor is a nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) that causes a rhythmic shaking. Essential tremor can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you try to do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass, tying shoelaces, writing or shaving. Essential tremor may also affect your head, voice, arms or legs.

As nursegirl said, it could be related to anxiety. They treated my son with an anti-anxiety medication and the tremor is virtually gone.
I wish you the best and hope you let us know what you find out.

5553333 tn?1369944648
I tried medication once and had wretched symtoms. It made my depression go up. I cried and slept all day. That medication was Strattera.
The shaking is on and off for me. Like five minutes.
480448 tn?1426952138
Strattera would be the absolute worst possible choice to treat tremors/shaking!  Of course it would have made you feel worse!  It's a stimulant ("upper") used primarily to treat ADD/ADHD.  Were you put on that for the shaking?  Do you have an ADD/ADHD diagnosis?

I would recommend findind a new doctor, who can look at the situation from a fresh perspective, and offer other options.  Don't write off medications in general based on just ONE...one that was likely completely inappropriate to be Rx'ed.
Avatar universal
hello grungelion: i agree with nursegirl that strattera is not a good med for you---i am not a doc so....
I also see that you aspire to be a dr. Great goal and you can start now by practicing on yourself! Ha!.....i like the idea of homework and i also think maybe a diff doc (and a female one) would be a good change.
    Meditation as one of the three M's? Give it a try----no side effects!  Research shows it helps anxiety------among other things good. Add to the tool-kit. Immediate benefits and takes some time for full effect. Do short periods. It can be difficult for those of us with anxiety issues. Five minutes to begin...ok? And if more time elapses----enjoy the quietude of the racing monkey mind. Ok---nothing wrong with a monkey-mind. It needs naps now and then. And eventually learns to like the meditative "naps". Now you do not fall asleep in meditation----you fall Awake! ....In Joy!
Everybody say Yes.......


5553333 tn?1369944648
Hello folks...
Wow my story is becoming popular.
Well, I was diagnosed with ADD and anxiety, as well as seasonal depression. They gave me stratera so my anxiety/ADD would stop.
480448 tn?1426952138
It's tricky to treat ADD and anxiety at the same time, as obviously, the meds typically used to treat the ADD are stimulants which add to the anxiety a lot of times.  Are you under the care of a psychiatrist to manage your conditions?  That would be the best person to discuss your options, medication wise.

Make sure you're also following up with your PCP, who can do some looking, to make sure you don't actually have a medical condition causing the shaking/tremors.
5553333 tn?1369944648
I have a psychiatrist. I also have a theripist who is really helping me with cognitive therapy.
I will talk to my doc next time I see him.
Thank you.
Have an Answer?
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
370181 tn?1428180348
Arlington, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out what can trigger a panic attack – and what to do if you have one.
A guide to 10 common phobias.
Take control of tension today.
These simple pick-me-ups squash stress.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
Want to wake up rested and refreshed?