About Essential Tremor
What is Essential Tremor?
Once known as familial tremor, benign essential 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 even feel an internal shake. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease although ET is eight times more common and affects an estimated 10 million Americans alone. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care though many would benefit from treatment.
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Download and print these documents about essential tremor for reference. All materials are reviewed by a member of the IETF’s Medical Advisory Board.
Request a Free Information Packet
The IETF is happy to provide educational information to all who request it, at no charge. Learn more about this neurological condition including common medications, coping skills, surgical options, and more.
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.
Learn more about the many facets of essential tremor from this selection of prerecorded educational seminars.
This six-minute video entitled “Essential Tremor is More Than a Tremor” tells the story of people living with ET, in their own words. This moving video goes beyond diagnosis, medications and surgery to explore the very personal ways essential tremor makes people feel.
Find past editions of Tremor Talk, our member magazine, and TremorGram, the IETF’s free, monthly, electronic newsletter.
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.
National ET Awareness Month
March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. Please support this important public education month by donating what you can and recruiting others to join you in brightening the futures of the millions who live with ET.