Ok guys, first of all I want to thank everyone for posting their stories and experiences. Im so happy that iv found this forum. Iv had the head shacking thing for about 5 years now. And I always thought I was the only one with this kinda thing. For a while I thought I lost my mind, but then again, crazy people dont question their sanity.
When it first started it wasent bad at all, maybe a few shakes a month. But when I started to think that there is something wrong with me, and how embarrassing it would be when people actually saw me, it became worse and worse. I was up to the point where I was avoiding social activities, dinners, and in general stopped enjoying life.. Pretty much what everyone said above.. So one day I got pissed off at it, and I started doing my own research and experiments on what triggers the effect and vise versa.
I noticed that the head shacking thing happens when you think about it, and when you are afraid that people will notice it ( like in conversations, meeting, classes, or being in contact with someone for a long time, specially when attention is on you ). It also happens when you are highly stressed out or have a panic attack which just creates a loop hole. However, When I drank alcohol or smoked cigarettes it went away completely . So I came up with my own explanation / solution.
The head shacking thing is a form of social anxiety / high amount of stress that triggers tension ( neck sometimes shoulders ) and head shaking since its all part of one neurological system. So my solution to this problem is to tell your self that there is nothing wrong with you because there isnt. Many people have this problem, and no one is perfect. Confidence and I dont care what people think attitude is the key to the whole thing. Think about it, the only reason why it happens is because you care and think what people will think of you. The more you think about it the worse it gets. One day I did an experiment, I went to a big party full of people, and I told myself that I dont care if people see it, actually I wanted for it to happen because I didnt care what people though of me, so I went and the entire night, I was eating infront of people, talking and not a single twitch.
So thats the solution to this wired problem, confidence,relaxation . anything to lower your stress level, exercising, no caffeine or alcohol, dont think about it and distract your self with something else. It might take some time, but it does get alot better with time.
Actually, I encourage all of you with this problem to try it out for your self. Pick a situation where you know that your head might twitch. With people that you dont know and will never see again. And go into that situation with " I dont care attitude " dont even think about other people, because we are all strong, and our lives will not be effected by other peoples opinions. And see what happens