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Over a million people in the UK are living with Essential Tremor (ET). It is considered to be one of the most common movement disorders, with estimates suggesting it may be up to ten times more common than Parkinson’s Disease. Despite this, Brits are nearly seven times more likely to be aware of Parkinson’s Disease, with only one in ten aware of ET.
The findings come from new research released today by The National Tremor Foundation (sponsored by INSIGHTEC Ltd), which highlights the lack of awareness of the condition.
Stereotypes, teamed with this lack of awareness, means 45% of patients in a recent patient study say they rarely, if ever, go out to socialise and 57% say it has had a negative impact on their mental health.
Ros Connors discussed this research, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with GP and TV medic, Dr Sarah Jarvis: