Your health is the most important area of your life. When you’re not in good health, other areas of your life will begin to deteriorate. Although it is possible to have certain illnesses without exhibiting symptoms, how you write can provide valuable information regarding your state of health.
Handwriting is all about the brain, rather than the hand. Nervous impulses travel down the arm and into the hand, which directs the finger to maneuver the pen. The pen becomes an extension of the hand, revealing complex activity in the writer’s body and mind.
Here are some of the health clues that can be found in your handwriting:
1) Slow or Poor Handwriting
If a child struggles with slow or poor handwriting, this could be a sign of autism. Although this may not apply to every case, if they’re unable to write legibly and faster after considerable effort, it may be time for a medical evaluation. Autistic children suffer from motor skill problems that can affect the way they hold and use a pen. Note that slow or poor handwriting may also be a sign of dyspraxia, which is a lifelong developmental coordination disorder (DCD) that can affect both children and adults.
2) Illegible Handwriting
Almost everyone writes poorly when in a rush, but that’s understandable. Occasional poor handwriting is common, especially if the individual is left-handed. However, it may also be a sign of schizophrenia. In these situations, poor handwriting is a continuous occurrence, even when the writer is not rushing. Their writing may include unusual letter formations, script that’s impossible to decipher and missing letters.
3) Resting Dots
Research has shown that handwriting can also reveal early signs of heart disease. Studies show that individuals with heart problems rest their pen on the paper the same way someone who has trouble walking would rest on a cane.
4) Mental Health Problems
A person’s handwriting can also be used to detect depression or mental instability. For example, varying slants within the same sentence or word often indicate that the writer’s contact with reality is not continuous. Crossing out one’s own name in a signature can indicate severe depression. Even writing a sentence that gradually slopes downward on the paper is an indicator that the writer is feeling pessimistic. Knowing these signs can help diagnose patients with suicidal thoughts.
5) Shaky Handwriting
Abnormally shaky handwriting can be an indication of essential tremor, or “ET.” ET is a nervous system disorder that can affect any part of the body, but occurs more frequently in the hands. While the shakiness may appear similar to that of someone with Parkinson’s disease, the hand of a person with ET will stop shaking as soon as it rests against a stationary object. ET is not life-threatening and is more common among the elderly.
6) Tiny Letters
Tiny letters can be an indication of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s creates significant problems with movement as well as cognitive and neuro-behavioral issues. One of the signs of this disease is tiny, cramped handwriting. At times, the writer may not be able to read their own writing because the letters are too small.
The amount of pressure in a person’s handwriting can indicate their energy level. Heavy pressure (when the writing appears dark and deep) tends to indicate high levels of energy. Light pressure indicates overall sluggishness.
8) Slanted Handwriting
The slant of an individual’s handwriting indicates whether the writer is emotionally open or suppressed. A person whose writing slants to the right tends to me more emotionally expressive and warmer to others. Writing that slants to the left is less common and indicates a colder personality. Such individuals may be insecure, emotionally distant and harder to approach. This may be due to issues dating back to their childhood.
Good health is critical to maintaining your quality of life and the various health clues in your handwriting can help you understand what’s going on inside your body. As you can see from these examples, every aspect of your handwriting is important. While the content of your writing originates in the conscious mind, the manner in which it comes out is a product of the subconscious mind. Knowing this can help you make better decisions about your health.