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Do I have anxiety?

Anonymous123

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Hey everyone, I have no clear answer as to what my thing is, I have been searching for years and when I think I found out what it could be, I do further research and find out it's not. I developed it when I was in the 6th grade, im almost 30 now.

I get involuntary head jerks and occasionally head shakes. My head 99.9% of time jerks to the right. It happens the most often in public but still happens when I am by myself with no one else around but not as often (certainly several times a day). Sometimes I know when it's coming because my body tenses up and I feel something else too, its hard to describe it but then after enough tension my head jerks and sometimes I get a really nasty big jerk to the right, those are obviously the most embarrassing. After the jerk my body is relaxed again. My last really big head jerk was last Tuesday when a presenter in our class was looking at me and using me as one of his examples, tension built up and then not too long after my head jerked, I was extremely embarrassed after that, so much so that I didn't want to look around the classroom at my classmates or teacher and I was sweating.

It doesn't jerk every second or minute but I get jerks throughout the day and they happen more often in public. Most of the time just one jerk happens (then after a certain amount of time, which varies, another single jerk happens), rarely do several happen within a matter of seconds.

Could my head jerking be a tic disorder?

I do get tense in public too.
 
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I’m not sure, but it sounds like a tic. I hope someone else can relate to this and share there experience. It sounds difficult to deal with. I hope you find some answers.
 

Brad66

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Sounds like it is possibly a mild form of tourette syndrome. I have a friend that has it where rolls his eyes and does his thing with his lip. He does when he is talking to people and if they don't know him they sometimes think he is rolling his eyes at them. He was told it was a mild from of tourette syndrome.

Either way it doesn't sound like what you have is anxiety. Anxiety is more about fear and worry than something like that.
 

Cirqueme

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Hey everyone, I have no clear answer as to what my thing is, I have been searching for years and when I think I found out what it could be, I do further research and find out it's not. I developed it when I was in the 6th grade, im almost 30 now.

I get involuntary head jerks and occasionally head shakes. My head 99.9% of time jerks to the right. It happens the most often in public but still happens when I am by myself with no one else around but not as often (certainly several times a day). Sometimes I know when it's coming because my body tenses up and I feel something else too, its hard to describe it but then after enough tension my head jerks and sometimes I get a really nasty big jerk to the right, those are obviously the most embarrassing. After the jerk my body is relaxed again. My last really big head jerk was last Tuesday when a presenter in our class was looking at me and using me as one of his examples, tension built up and then not too long after my head jerked, I was extremely embarrassed after that, so much so that I didn't want to look around the classroom at my classmates or teacher and I was sweating.

It doesn't jerk every second or minute but I get jerks throughout the day and they happen more often in public. Most of the time just one jerk happens (then after a certain amount of time, which varies, another single jerk happens), rarely do several happen within a matter of seconds.

Could my head jerking be a tic disorder?

I do get tense in public too.
It could be a tic or mild Tourettes?....idk if that's a thing or not? And I get nervous too in front of a classroom or large crowd..don't worry, I think everyone does a little.
 

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I have something called Dystonia that causes involuntary movements involving my mouth and arm. I’m pretty sure it’s in remission bc I haven’t experienced it in a couple of years, but 2 of my brothers also have it and both of them have it in the head and arm also. It’s a form of Parkinson’s disease. Not sure but you could look into that as a possibility.
 
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