Essential Tremor In Young Adults

Are you a young adult? Maybe you are at university? Or just starting work? 

Essential tremor is often thought of as an adult-onset condition. However, it can start at age and it is thought affect 5% of all people. Mainly involving the hands and there is often a family history of tremor. There are two kinds of hand tremor which are: kinetic tremor only (i.e. tremor present only when the hands are moving) and postural tremor only (i.e. tremor is visible when the hands are held outstretched) with some adults experiencing both.  

The hand tremor leads to difficulty with:

  • Holding a hot drink
  • Drinking from a cup
  • Using a spoon
  • Writing
  • Typing
  • Drawing
  • Using tweezers
  • Painting nails
  • Playing a musical instrument

Watch Ryan talking about living with essential tremor at the Oxford ET Open Day in 2018


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The NTF would like to feature some young people’s stories and how you cope with living with tremor. We would like to know about the challenges you face, what help you receive, how supportive your peers are and to provide advice to other young people and their parents.

We are really keen to make people aware that young people can have tremor too. If you would like to help the NTF to raise awareness about tremor, please contact us for more information.

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