Have you ever experienced head jerks / tremor ?

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   Posted 9/25/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I experience head jerks. I usually feel a lot of pressure and tension in the back of my head. In social situations I usually get a slight head jerk and even when I look at someone in the eyes. I focus so much on it now that I even get it when I'm by myself, but nothing compared to the fear/tension of having them in public.
I feel like when I pay attention to myself and how I'm feeling or when I'm nervous or high string is when I get these head twitches / jerks / tremors. But when I forget I have them and I'm not worrying or tense they usually don't happen.
I think it's a combination of social anxiety, internalizing and giving emotional reactions to all my thoughts/feelings/etc, and self consciousness. Mine is like a quick "no" head movement and it's so small it's barely noticable at all but it is still very embarassing and scary to me.
But I am wondering if anyone else has experienced these sudden head movements?

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   Posted 9/25/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
mine has done this, and sometimes it shakes it scared me so bad but i was shaking all over too, i started taking magnesuem and it pretty much has stopped it will do it at certain place resturants and stores for some reason, the more i thought of it the worse it got, i think it just comes with anxiety attacks, at least with me

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   Posted 9/26/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I have experienced this too, but not often.  It seems to be at times of high stress or if I am working really hard concentrating.

You have good insite into the causes.

Take care.

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   Posted 9/26/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   


I am so glad you posted this. I have the exact same thing you descibed. I actually spoke to my pdoc about and it's related to the anxiety.

I actually stoped going to Church because if the speaker at the podium makes eye conact I get the stiffness follwed by the jerk. I'm so afraid of someone noticing that I get panic attacks even when I pull into the parking lot just thinking about it.

I get this feeling when I am in a group setting, even at work meetings. If the "power figure" makes eye contact while speaking to the group, I get that "deer in the headlights feeling". I don't think it has ever happened with one on one conversations though. Maybe once or twice.

What are you doing to stop it? I don't know what to do about mine, since it's an uncontrollable feeling. Im sorry you go through this too. I know how frusterating it is. I don't know that anyone notices it's happening though except for the person feeling it.


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   Posted 9/27/2007 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your posts guys, it really makes me feel a lot better knowing im not alone as i was scared of it being a nerve disorder or something like that even though my doctor said it wasnt lol

machelle: i will try out the magnesium recommendation. it makes sense because my doctor did recommend electrolyte renewal, im planning to drink powerade mix regularly even though it contains no magnesium but it does have most other electrolytes. how many mg did you take of magnesium? ill let you all know how this works out

skitt: thank you

zomese: yes i experience every single thing you described as well! good description with the deer in the headlights feeling and i also know that mostly no one can really tell it happens even though its still scary to myself when it does happens much less with one on one convos indeed. im going to be trying what i described in the reply to machelle above (powerade and magnesium) and im also going to be trying to exercise (jogging) more than i do (i already do weight lifting) to get rid of all the extra energy and adrenaline i might have. in the beginning my klonopin really helped it out a lot! but when i got into a very big social area (school) for the first time in a long time it ruined my confidence because it happened and then it got a little worse from there because of all the worrying, fear, and tension thinking about what happened.

keep eachother updated!

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   Posted 3/1/2014 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I know this is an old thread but did anyone discover the cause for the random head jerk/twitch?

I just started experiencing this several months ago with heart palpitations in my head. Literally feeling my heart beat throbbing inside my head.

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   Posted 3/1/2014 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi not4sakn,

It seems to be the concencus that this is anxiety related. Muscle tension can build up to the point where random jerks and twithces can occur.

The less we pay attention to these things the better. (unless it becomes disruptive to normal/daily activity)

Stress relief exercises such as the ones found below should help.
Self Help sites with breathing/relaxation exercises instructions
Panic attack relief exercises:

Post with us anytime for support...and consider starting a thread of introduction for yourself at anytime.:)

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   Posted 3/3/2014 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Head zaps and  head tremors along with pulsing in the ears or  throbbing sound in the ear(s)are noted to be common symptoms of anxiety by the anxietycentre.com.
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