Essential tremor is more than just a tremor. It is a life-changing condition.

Essential tremor (ET) is a neurological condition that most commonly causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands while performing a task such as eating, writing, dressing, drinking or when holding a posture such as with the arms outstretched in front of the body. (Some people say they have shaky hands or tremors). The tremor can also affect the head, voice, legs and trunk. Some people even feel an internal shake. ET is often confused with Parkinson’s disease although it’s eight times more common, affecting an estimated 7 to 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide. It was once known as familial tremor, benign tremor or hereditary tremor. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care. Learn more about available resources for adults, children, healthcare providers and college students.

Living with ET

Read about treatment options, find a support group or ET specialist and learn coping tips.

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Children with ET

Information designed to help parents and other caring adults be the stabilizing factor in the life of a child who has ET.

For Healthcare Providers

IETF depends on healthcare providers and physicians who specialize in ET to help those affected better understand their condition.


Learn more about IETF scholarships that are awarded to qualified post-high school students of all ages.

Facts About Essential Tremor

Essential tremor is more than just a tremor. It is a life-changing condition. Download and share our essential tremor fact sheet.