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Can Anxiety Cause Shaking?

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Updated: May 11, 2019

Yes! Anxiety can cause shaking, including what seems like uncontrollable shaking.

Being anxious activates the stress response. Stress responses stress the body. When the body becomes stressed, and especially overly stressed, it can exhibit symptoms of stress. Shaking, trembling, vibrating, and tremoring are common symptoms of stress, including that caused by being anxious.

It’s common to experience shaking when nervous or anxious. Many people experience this type of shaking.

It’s also common to experience shaking when the body is overly stressed, such as from being too anxious and/or from stressful circumstances. For example, if you’ve been under a lot of stress lately, that can surely cause a shaking feeling. If you’ve been worry a lot lately, that can also cause shaking.

Fortunately, anxiety and stress caused shaking isn’t serious. This type of shaking generally disappears when your anxiousness and stress subside. It can, however, take some time for the body to recover from stress. So, if your shaking is persisting, that just means your body still has some stress recovery work yet to complete.

So again, can anxiety cause shaking? Yes. Anxiety can cause shaking. Shaking is a very common symptom of the stress caused by being anxious.

For more information about how anxiety can cause shaking, see our “Shaking anxiety symptoms” here.

For a more detailed explanation about the stress response, anxiety sensations and symptoms, why anxiety sensations and symptoms can persist, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, see Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 21, and 23 in the Recovery Support area of our website

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources:

Go to our listing of anxiety symptoms.

You can return to our anxiety FAQ page here.

Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated February 25, 2019.

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