Addressing Common Misconceptions About Essential Tremor 

Even some celebrities admit that they have essential tremor, but that does not stop them from living life to the fullest. Some patients are known to suffer from depression or anxiety because of their condition. But instead of sulking and feeling sorry for themselves, it would be better to find ways to live with the tremors.

If you have this condition, you should not be embarrassed. According to studies, ET is a common neurological condition that affects 1 in 5 Americans, and there are more cases in other countries. People may judge you when they see your hand shaking, or feel sorry for you. That is why it is essential to educate everyone about ET and clarify all of the misconceptions that they have in mind.

Essential tremors are different from Parkinson’s:

Some people have this notion that ET and Parkinson’s are related to each other. It is a common misconception, especially for those who lack medical knowledge. People with Parkinson’s suffer from poor balance, tremors and other symptoms. While ET patients only suffer from tremors, usually in the hands when performing an action and their balance is not usually affected by the disorder. The symptoms of both neurological disorders can be quite confusing. That is why it is advisable to see a physician so the patient can undergo a series of tests and have the proper diagnosis.

People with ET shouldn’t drink liquor

Having ET does not prohibit a person from drinking alcoholic drinks. According to experts having a drink or two before parties or social gatherings can help reduce the tremors for a short period of time. Just make sure that the patient watches his intake. An excessive amount of beer, wine, or hard alcoholic drinks can affect coordination and present other potential dangers.

People with ET have no hope

ET can be a debilitating condition if the individual refuses to undergo treatment to control the symptoms. The good news is that patients with ET can have a better life by deciding to undergo treatment including medications, botox injections (for head and vocal), ultrasound therapy, and surgical procedures. The success rates of these treatment options are very promising, thus giving more hope to patients and family members. Also, occupational therapy may be a good option in helping the patient adjust to the condition.

Patients with ET should remain at home

Even if a person has ET, this should not stop them from doing the things that they usually do. It is key to encourage them to continue with social activities in order to avoid social anxiety and also depression. If the person relies on others, this will affect their self-esteem. There are many ways to modify their lifestyle through the help of technology, making things easier for ET patients.

Lastly, patients with ET should always seek help from professionals. Although there is no known cause or permanent cure for this condition, there are treatment options  that can potentially allow people to enjoy their lives.