Psychogenic tremors

W. Koller, A. Lang, B. Vetere-Overfield, L. Findley, L. Cleeves, S. Factor, C. Singer, W. Weiner

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We diagnosed 24 patients, 9 men and 25 women ranging in age from 15 to 78 years, with clinically established or documented psychogenic tremors. Clinical presentations were unique, with complex tremors (often resting, postural, and kinetic), unusual temporal profiles (abrupt onset with a variable course), absence of other neurologic signs, inconsistent and incongruous symptomatology, selective disability with ability to perform some functions despite severe tremors, distractibility that lessens or abolishes tremor, atypical tremorgraphic recordings with changing amplitude and frequency, unusual handwriting and drawing specimens, presence of multiple undiagnosed somatizations, unresponsiveness to all treatments, absence of documented disease by laboratory or radiographic tests, presence of psychiatric disease, spontaneous remissions, or recovery with psychotherapy. We present criteria for the diagnosis of psychogenic tremor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1099
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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