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Anotherthink Tue 16-Feb-21 23:30:50

Ok so this has always happened to me but I guess life has been so dull recently that when it happened for the first time in a while it got me thinking!

So if I get a strong emotion like sadness, shock, or excitement I start to shake when I'm speaking. I feel it and I feel like it's so obvious but no one's ever commented on it. I get short of breath and I just talk strange I guess because my breaths are so shallow. It's like any emotion that's strong enough to get adrenaline going I think - but it only kicks in when I start to speak. If I get chance I try to take deep breaths and calm down but it happens again when I speak and the shakiness can get worse when I try to control it.

Does anyone else get this? What the hell is it and if you do, does anyone notice it?? I never want to ask because my reaction seems ott for whatever has happened!!

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Disabrie22 Wed 17-Feb-21 00:50:01

Did you have speech problems as a child?

Tottie Wed 17-Feb-21 01:15:41

Yes I get this too. When I'm talking about something very emotive and personal, my mouth starts to chatter as though I'm cold and if I try to suppress it, I can feel my head "shivering" almost.
I have no clue as to what it is or even why it happens. I'm not sure if the people I'm talking to at the time, notice and if they do, they don't say anything.
This only seems to happen when I'm talking about sad stuff or when I'm deeply frustrated by somebody's negative actions or words that have had an impact on me or my loved ones.
I thought I was the only one!
When did you first notice this in yourself? What were you doing/talking about at the time?

Anotherthink Wed 17-Feb-21 18:58:12

@Tottie gosh you've described it so well I actually giggled reading it! My jaw chatters! And yes it's mainly strong negative emotions but I first noticed it as a child when I was staying up extra late on a warm summers night after a family bbq and I was quite excited! Simple things like this don't have the same effect obviously so I guess I see it more in negative emotions nowadays.

I'd love to know what was going on!

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sausagerole Wed 17-Feb-21 19:03:40

I have this! It happens if I have an important conversation, particularly at times of strong emotions like needing to defend myself in a calm, rational way or feeling very upset but needing to communicate in a clear,. objective manner. I get super sweaty too!

Anotherthink Wed 17-Feb-21 19:45:01

It's strange isn't it @sausagerole - I think someone could assume it's anxiety but I don't generally have anxiety. I get nervous in social settings but not with my nearest and dearest!

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Anatomical Wed 17-Feb-21 20:41:24

I think it's just a rush of adrenaline - I get it too and am sure that's what mine is.

HuggaBugga Wed 17-Feb-21 20:49:22


I think it's just a rush of adrenaline - I get it too and am sure that's what mine is.

I get this too. I always assumed adrenaline rush.

Xiaoxiong Wed 17-Feb-21 20:53:22

I also get this, I will shiver and my jaw will chatter. Always chalked it up to adrenaline. I once had to blame the aircon being too cold as I was sure it was visible that my teeth were chattering when I was having a performance review (which was fine, I was just nervous!)

Insertfunnyname Wed 17-Feb-21 20:53:39

I get similar with an anxiety attack. It must be a rush of adrenaline.

Anotherthink Wed 17-Feb-21 21:07:12

Yeah I thought adrenaline but it's weird. Some of the conversations I have when it occurs seem very mundane. I mean they're emotional topics and it doesn't happen when I hear something shocking, just when I have to talk about something shocking. And not like I'm dropping a bombshell, just talking about my feelings on something that everyone is already aware of.

I've been in car accidents and similar nasty situations and nothing happens then. Yet if I have to speak about it several years afterwards I'd be 😬😬😬😬 all over the place

Good to know I'm not alone though wink

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