Can PTSD cause tremors?

Yes, PTSD can cause tremors. The most common type of tremor associated with PTSD is called psychogenic tremor which is a disorder that causes involuntary shaking of the hands or other parts of the body such as the head and face. It is believed that this condition is caused by trauma-related stress and anxiety, although there are also physical reasons for it such as neurological damage from head injuries or nerve disease. Other symptoms may include muscle tension, sweating, difficulty speaking and concentrating, restlessness, and fatigue. In extreme cases it may even lead to seizures or spasms. Treatment includes talk therapy to reduce underlying anxieties while taking medications like anti-anxiety drugs to reduce tremors related to PTSD.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness triggered by a terrifying event, such as physical or sexual assault, war, serious accident or natural disaster. It can have devastating consequences for sufferers and their loved ones. PTSD often causes extreme emotional disturbances that may manifest in physical symptoms. One of the most common is tremors – shaking which can be difficult to control and disrupt everyday activities.

It is important to note that not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD; however the condition can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life if it does occur. Symptoms vary from person to person, but many individuals experience intrusive memories, nightmares and flashbacks in addition to trembling hands or other parts of the body as a result of PTSD. These sensations may become so severe that they interfere with performing regular tasks like writing on paper or holding certain items without dropping them due to loss of coordination and balance problems.

Many different types of treatments are available for PTSD that includes counseling sessions with trained professionals combined with medication; each patient must find what works best for their particular case and situation. Treatment may include both traditional medicine such as anti-depressants along with alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga and mindfulness techniques which help relieve physical tension associated with symptoms like tremors caused by PTSD.

Understanding PTSD Symptoms

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can range from mild to severe, and understanding what the signs are is key for diagnosis. While physical symptoms can include tremors or shakes, other effects are more commonly seen with PTSD. Many who experience it feel anxious and have difficulty regulating their emotions, as well as a disrupted sleep cycle.

Someone dealing with PTSD may find themselves withdrawn from usual activities that they found pleasurable or engaging in previously. The person may also be triggered easily when reminded of a traumatic event and become emotionally overwhelmed quickly; this could lead to outbursts at family members or friends that could cause social distress. Other psychological indicators such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance behavior can all stem from the distressing events an individual has endured.

Besides attempting to avoid situations that might bring up memories of trauma, sufferers often find themselves numbing themselves emotionally in order to cope better day-to-day. This means they may opt not to engage socially with others or even express feeling like sadness and happiness anymore due to fear of being overwhelmed by their own emotions again. They might also numb any form of strong emotion which includes joy in life by self-medicating or using substances excessively just so they don’t feel anything at all; this however has damaging long term consequences on their mental health if left unchecked for prolonged periods of time.

Exploring Tremors and Their Causes

Tremors are an involuntary shaking or trembling of the body, which can range from very slight to severe. Although they are often associated with Parkinson’s Disease, a wide variety of other medical conditions can also cause tremors. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one such condition that may have an association with tremors and their development.

It is important to understand the underlying causes of tremors in order to find effective treatments for them. In terms of PTSD, research has suggested that people who suffer from this disorder typically experience physical symptoms as well as psychological ones. For example, headaches, dizziness, anxiety and insomnia are all common signs related to PTSD; however, tremors could be another symptom caused by this disorder.

There appears to be some evidence linking increased stress levels within the body with an increase in tremor activity; therefore individuals with PTSD may be more likely than those without it to develop tremors due to having heightened stress levels throughout the day on a consistent basis. Some medications used in treating trauma or depression can also lead to excessive amounts of jitteriness and tension in muscles leading possibly to tremor formation overtime.

Therefore while it remains unclear whether there is a definite correlation between PTSD and an increase risk for developing tremor symptoms further studies need conducted in order to fully ascertain how these two entities affect each other over time and provide greater insight into treatments available for each ailment individually and together if necessary.

Interactions Between PTSD and Tremors

Tremors are a common symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These involuntary, rhythmic contractions or shakes can occur anywhere in the body. In some cases they may be so severe that it makes it hard to perform everyday activities. But how do PTSD and tremors interact?

Studies have suggested a possible link between PTSD symptoms and higher likelihoods of developing tremors. For example, a study conducted in 2015 concluded that those who had experienced a traumatic event were almost twice as likely to experience tremors later in life compared to those who did not go through such an ordeal. Research has also indicated that individuals with pre-existing tremors may be more vulnerable to acquiring PTSD after enduring traumatic experiences.

There is also evidence suggesting that symptoms of PTSD can worsen existing tremors or cause them altogether in people who never had them before. It appears from studies that the physiological effects of psychological trauma – like heightened levels of stress hormones – could trigger reactions at the cellular level leading to such physical symptoms as trembling and shaking. For instance, this notion was tested by researchers through experiments involving mice where it was found out that stressful situations would increase the chances for tremor development significantly if triggered early on.

Overview of Available Treatments

Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a challenge for both medical professionals and the sufferer, as tremors can often be a symptom of this disorder. Achieving meaningful relief from the trembling caused by PTSD requires an understanding of available treatments and when to use them.

There are several types of medication which may help lessen the effects of PTSD-related tremors in adults. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines, tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and atypical antipsychotics are just some of the drugs that have been used with varying degrees of success in managing tremor symptoms associated with trauma. Talk therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy has also been known to reduce episodes of trembling linked to PTSD.

A new approach to treating PTSD-associated tremors is vibration reduction techniques, which involve teaching patients how to calm themselves down through guided relaxation exercises like deep breathing and positive visualization. These therapeutic tools can help relieve tension in muscles throughout the body, ultimately reducing episodes of involuntary shaking or quivering caused by elevated levels of stress or anxiety associated with past traumas.

Challenges to Treatment Efficacy

One of the primary challenges to treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is its heterogeneity. Even though most people with PTSD present with similar symptomologies, such as reliving traumatic events through intrusive thoughts or nightmares, they can often have vastly different experiences in terms of severity and frequency. As a result, treatment strategies that might work for one patient may not necessarily be effective for another.

Another challenge to providing effective treatments for PTSD is that many patients are afraid or unwilling to talk about their traumatic experiences in depth–a key part of most evidence-based therapies. Patients may find it difficult to trust the therapist due to their negative experiences with health care providers during military service or prior traumas. Moreover, psychotherapy may not be available or accessible in some parts of the world or even for certain cultural groups, thereby excluding them from quality mental health care services.

The third difficulty relates to the comorbid conditions that can occur alongside PTSD; these must also be addressed if treatments are going to successfully address all aspects of a person’s trauma history and mental health status. Comorbidity–the presence of two illnesses at the same time–is common among people diagnosed with PTSD, meaning they’re more likely to experience things like depression and substance abuse than those without the disorder. Managing this complexity increases pressure on clinicians who need specialized knowledge and resources in order to provide comprehensive care plans.


When analyzing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its potential correlation with tremors, a variety of factors must be taken into consideration. Whether it is the type of trauma experienced, severity, duration of symptoms or any underlying medical conditions that may exist alongside PTSD, all can play an important role in understanding the link between PTSD and tremors.

There are several types of trauma that can manifest itself in an individual as PTSD. These could include physical abuse, sexual abuse or any form of life threatening events such as war exposure or natural disasters. Depending on the type of trauma experienced, this could have a direct impact on whether one develops tremors associated with their condition.

It should also be noted that some individuals who suffer from PTSD may not necessarily experience trembling directly connected to their disorder but rather have other issues arise due to their condition including constant muscle tension which could lead to trembling during certain activities or movements. Therefore it is important to consider what exactly the cause for an individual’s tremors may be if they are dealing with PTSD.

Despite research showing a connection between people living with PTS and tremor symptoms no direct conclusion has been drawn linking the two together definitively at this time. Furthermore more research needs to be done before any true conclusions can be made regarding this matter.

About the author.
Jay Roberts is the founder of the Debox Method and after nearly 10 years and hundreds of sessions, an expert in the art of emotional release to remove the negative effects of trauma. Through his book, courses, coaching, and talks Jay’s goal is to teach as many people as he can the power of the Debox Method. 

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