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Hi I’m new. I have severe anxiety and chronic depression, I shake a lot with anxiety, but what I wanted to know is why do I shake when not anxious especially my brain it feels like it’s vibrating and not attached to my head does anyone else get these episodes


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I do not have an answer for that, thankfully that is one of the few symptoms I have not had to deal with.

Have you spoken to your doctor about those symptoms?

My ex father in law had (well a slew of illnesses), but Parkinson's disease, and that sounds similar to things he would say (THIS IS NOT SUGGESTING YOU HAVE THAT, NOR MEDICAL ADVICE).

Just might be worth bringing up to your doctor, the symptoms.

Hope you are feeling better! ♡

Thankyou Rosemarie for replying my doc says it’s anxiety so I just wondered if anyone else suffers the same as me. Take care

Bless your heart, I hope you find something that helps!

I often do this

Hi the teal harp, I’m like this about 20+ times a day without being anxious unless I’m anxious without know

I'm often physical anxious. But can't identify it.

My brain reacts the same way.

Hi crab fish, do you know why your brain does it ? I honestly think I got brain damage from ECT

I played football and suffered many concussions which led to a seizure. I would see a neurologist this is the same feeling I had and was told you might have had a seizure or smaller ones where you just feel confused or tired all the time.

Thankyou for your reply. Years ago I was put on epilepsy tabs because I was having pseudo fits cause I kept falling over for no reason and iv bumped my head quite a few times perhaps that’s what’s wrong. I don’t take the tabs any more

good hope all is well that’s no fun to deal with. Best of luck!

Dibbles56, you did right to see your doctor and the fact that he has diagnosed you with anxiety should bring you reassurance. Anxiety is comparatively easy to recover from, organic problems are not. Trust your doctor's judgement, he went to medical school for 5 years and has been dealing with people such as yourself on a daily basis for years. He is unlikely to be wrong. If you are not convinced seek a second opinion but if ut is the same, which it will be, which is to say Anxiety, then accept it and question the diagnosis no further.

You ask why you have the shakes even when you are not feeling nervous and I will tell you why.

Tremor is a frequent symptom of anxiety disorder. But when you have anxiety disorder you have it 24/7, it doesn't come and go throughout the day. You have it full time, regardless of whether you are feeling anxious that moment or not.

Anxiety disorder occurs when we have exceeded the level of ordinary anxiety that our nervous system can accept. From that point on your nerves become over sensitive due to anxiety overload. Greatly increased amounts of adrenalin enter your system and cause this over-sensitisation of your nerves.

Your nerves remain over sensitive until you recover from your high anxiety. So although you're not feeling particularly anxious today, your nerves are still highly sensitive and can maintain the tremor.

The tremor will pass when your anxiety disorder yields and your nerves are no longer over sensitised. So how do you recover from sensitized nerves, I hear you ask?

The only way I know is by adopting the four protocols of Doctor Claire Weekes' method as described in her first book 'Self help for your nerves', which is to say:

Face. Accept. Float. Let time pass.

Hey Jeff1943,

Thank you for writing so clearly. You could have been a teacher.

It offered me a modicum of peace to read that the constant symptoms are part of the whole.

I'm not anywhere near your step one. Terrifying to even think of facing what brought on this panic in the first place. Pretty funny? Or not.

I'm no expert, I'm unfettered by formal training🤔, I have only many years experience of anxiety and its wily ways. But if doctors and specialists can't find a physical cause for your symptoms then I say it's highly likely you have health anxiety.

But how can you be sure? One way is to take a 5mg diazepam/valium tranquilliser when you're feeling the symptoms. If the symptom disappears, or seem noticeably relieved, then you've every reason to believe high anxiety is the culprit.

For some reason known only to you, your nervous system has taken a pounding. The causes can be legion: over work, worry about a loved one, a job you hate, a toxic relationship, loss, guilt, disappointment. Only you can work out which one is causing you anxiety overload.

The first thing is to neutralise the cause of your nervous illness. Nothing will change unless you do and you are entitled to be ruthless in correcting something that causes you so much distress. If you can't neutralise it then you must look at your problem from a different point of view: maybe it's not so dire after all.

Whatever you decide you won't get far along the Yellow Brick Road to recovery unless you FACE the fact that you're nervously exhausted and have health anxiety.

So how will you respond? You've probably been fighting your illness, trouble is fighting involves you in more stress and strain: the very last thing your nervous system needs. Instead do the opposite: ACCEPT the symptoms for the time being, let them come without you adding second fear to first fear. Fear is what is keeping your anxiety and its symptoms alive. Every time you fight the symptoms you pump more adrenalin into your nervous system and this is what keeps your nerves in a state of permanent sensitisation. In this state your nerves mimic all kinds of physical ills so well you can't tell it from the real thing.

Acceptance for the moment takes persistent practice before it comes as second nature. The symptoms are just a temporary phase, be assured they cannot harm you because they are not real. Eventually you will reach a stage where it doesn't matter whether the discomfort is there today or not. This is true Acceptance.

Meanwhile just carry on with your life as normal. Muscular cramps and jelly legs will always get you there and back. Just imagine you are FLOATing, propelled along by some unseen force, your feet hardly touching the ground.

Most important of all: LET TIME PASS. You spent much time getting yourself into this state so don't expect to recover between lunch break and tea break.

The Acceptance method has allowed millions to recover their peace of mind according to one distinguished emeritus Professor of Psychiatry. It has been around a long time, ever since the late Doctor Claire Weekes first described it many years ago in her first book 'Self-help for your nerves' also published in the U.S. as 'Hope and help for your nerves'. Available for a few pounds/dollars new or second hand from Amazon or Ebay.

I commend this self-help book to you and hope it is as life-changing to you as it has been for so many others.

Thankyou Jeff

I haven’t read any of the replies, but it sounds like ‘brain shivers’, which annoying but not harmful.

I’ve been having brain shivers for years, without knowing a term for the feeling. I just recently found the term, after trying to describe the feeling to my therapist.

Besides brain shivers, it also reminds me of the feeling I’ve been having for the last few weeks. It’s similar to brain shivers but more constant and bothersome. The way I described the sensation to my partner as feeling as ‘window buffeting’ in my head. I know that I’m experiencing it now because I’m discontinuing Effexor. (Effexor is know to cause Discontinuation Syndrome.)

Are you on medication? when I was I shaked a lot

Hi stressedmess, yes I’m on excitalapram ( think that’s how you spell it )

Try talking to your doctor about this! It could be a side effect of the meds possibly? I’m off of my meds now and i don’t have any shakiness anymore

Thankyou I will have a chat with me mad doc at the end of the month

This is a question better suited for a doctor. I have depression but not with the symptoms that you describe.

Dibbles56 in reply to ESP1138

Maybe it’s my tablets the last 2 days I had the shakes continuousl for 7/8 hours I used to take sertraline but they made me full over

Dibbles56 in reply to Dibbles56

I’m already under a mad doc and nutty nurse and my GP

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