Have you ever experienced head jerks / tremor ?

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LifeChange
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   Posted 9/25/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
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?

machelle
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   Posted 9/25/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
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 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

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Zomese
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   Posted 9/26/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Lifechange,

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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LifeChange
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   Posted 9/26/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
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!

not4sakn
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   Posted 3/1/2014 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
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 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
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 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
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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   Posted 11/30/2016 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I get these too. I've always got them, I'm not entirely sure why. Usually when I'm alone I tend to talk to myself because no one's there to judge me :/ it happens alot then too. My head tingles and then shakes, a bit like a cat's does when they have an itch or something, in a no action. I kind of wonder why I do this, and why it seems to happen when I am nervous. It also happens when there's a sudden temperature change which is very random and unrelated to the first reason, so I really don't know... It's calming to know others get this too, I've been researching it for a while and it seems to be heavily linked to anxiety, something I've never been diagnosed with, although there is a few people who think I have it. There's literally a teacher at school who never even asked if I had it, and assumed I did, and a therapist in training (met through an online game, but pretty sure he's legit) believes this too, but social anxiety. But hey, you're not alone, right? :)

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   Posted 11/30/2016 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome. :)

We are certainly not alone...as this is a great place.to reach out and relate to others with similar issues.

For great stress management material which will help you with anxiety challenges and symptoms, please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here...

...and post with us anytime for sharing and support!

Talk soon,

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   Posted 12/1/2016 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Yes I can relate on this on as I get body jerks a lot especially at night when i'm in bed it is something I have just got used to over the years.

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Sarakt
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   Posted 12/9/2016 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow I thought I was crazy my husband often makes fun of me (in a nice way ) in bed when my body starts doing the funky chicken

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   Posted 12/11/2016 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had them when in work , usually when I'm sat trying to study or input info on the PC.
Weird as that's the only times but then again I'm learning about all these physical symptoms that come with anxiety so it shouldn't really surprise me xx
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   Posted 3/18/2017 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
What causes the head to jerk side ways
and what is it called

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/18/2017 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Denise,

Hello and welcome. smile

It is hard to answer your question, because without first checking with your doctor, to rule out a physical issue...

...and without knowing your history with anxiety...it impossible to say what the origin of your twitch/jerk.

Anxiety can certainly be to blame...so if you have had a history of anxiety and related symptoms...and have had a recent clean bill of health through a medical screening...than you can probably safely assume this is what you are experiencing...

...and continued use of coping skills and anxiety management will be your best course of action.;)

Wishing you the best!

Scaredy Cat
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Dog1216
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   Posted 3/19/2017 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey when my anxiety was really bad I got REALLY bad head jerks in panic mode to the point it felt like a huge zap and I wasn't on any meds. So yes it's okay thank god for this website because back in 2010 I couldn't find any info but seizures and doctors never heard of it before and I was so scared because I didn't know at the time wat anxiety even was. So yes 110% normal. They were scary as hell but I learned to enjoy them over the years ๐Ÿ˜‚ and they actually went away.. hope they stay that way lol
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MPA5524
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   Posted 9/6/2017 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
So glad I found this, I thought something was seriously wrong. I know this is an old post but does make me feel better. I thought I was the only one experiencing the head jerk/twitch. I get it alot when im sitting at my desk and makes sense cause my anxiety has been through the roof just recently put on celexa, and my neck muscles tighten up also.

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   Posted 9/6/2017 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MPA and welcome!

I am glad that you've joined us and that you've found this thread has helpful!

I'm sorry to hear of your anxiety struggles recently, but glad to hear that you are getting the help that you need...and I wish you the best with your new Rx!

Please feel free to check out our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material that will help during your start up...and beyond!

Post with us anytime for understanding, sharing and support. Start a new thread of introduction for yourself at any point you feel comfortable doing so. smile

Talk soon,

Scaredy Cat
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