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My niece and nephew are now both adults and both have a condition where whatever one hand does the other also does. In other words if one hand scratches the other hand will imitate the motion. Neither have learned to control it or overcome it. Is it a disorder tied to a neurotransmitter dysfunction, or a type of learning disability or something else. We are all curious.
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replied November 12th, 2008
Both Hands do the Same Thing
I was looking for information when I saw this message. My son is almost three years old now. When he does something with one hand, the other hand will imitate the motion. He also has a speech delay. I didn't know if the two could be linked neurologically or if anyone has seen similar problems?
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replied November 14th, 2008
Both hands do the same thing
I am 33 years old and my hands have done the same thing since I was born. I dont know what it is, I have been told that both halves of my brain are too close together!? I don't believe that I have any learning disorders or any other problem from this. I can type 60 wpm (practice) I can do everything like everyone else.

I would love to hear more about this condition (if that is what you would call it), it would be nice to at least put a name to it. I can tell you it is refreshing to see that I am not the only one going through this.

Don't worry about your children and this problem, it's so minor they are fine, I hope this helps ease your mind a little.
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replied July 20th, 2009
Hi There,

I am 44 years of age, and I also have had this disorder since I was born, no one seems to have a name for this or any reasons why. I have not had any learning difficulties and apart from my hands copying each other there is nothing else wrong with me. I function normally. I would howere like to put a name to this.... but alas after 44 years I don't think one will be found. I guess on the plus side this is minor so the medical world don't want to investigate.

I am pleased that I am not the only person that has this condition. It is peace of mind.

If anyone else has any answers I'd love to hear about it.
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replied October 22nd, 2009
both hands do the same thing
hi,
My name is Brianna and I'm 13. I have this problem too since i was born. It runs in my family i guess. I have no clue what it is is and neither do my doctors! its kind of refreshing to know other people in the world are going through the same thing as me!
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replied December 6th, 2009
Im 17 and have had it since birth........i also play guitar, so you can see how this anomaly could interfere with my hobby. i play well but it is a inconvenience that i must deal with.
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replied January 6th, 2010
You guys have no idea how nice it is to find an online community of people that go through the same thing that I do. Ever since birth, everytime I scratch my head, the other hand scratches as well.

Any idea what this could be?
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replied January 23rd, 2010
I have had this same thing since I was born, and I was really premature. I wasn't due at the end of February and I was born at the beginning of December. Were any of you premature? I would really like to know.
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replied January 31st, 2010
copy cat hands
I have a 19yr old son who has the same problem with his hands. He also had poor muscle tone as a baby (not the best sports man) and had severe reflux as a baby. His father and 1 brother also have this (both of them also had severe reflux). I have no diagnosis though when he was a young child did seek advice from a doctor and neurologist. No syndrome was found. We did regular physio and occupational therapy until we moved interstate when he was 4yrs. He has achieved academically and maintains employment. He is a beautiful boy and very caring nature, is quiet. Did struggle at school with writing essays as this took him a long time and sometimes could say what he thinks better than he could write it. This should improve with my next son who has just started high school as they have computers which will help with quicker writing.
My son finds with practice he has been able to hide his other hand moving somewhat. When he is writing he hold the desk or puts his other hand under the desk. When he is eating he holds his plate with the hand not being used.
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replied February 18th, 2010
I am 39 and have the same issue. I cannot seem to find any other information about this on the web. It would be nice to know if there was an official name for this problem. I use the term "problem" lightly as it is more of a curiosity than anything. It has not impacted my life in any noticeable way.
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replied February 23rd, 2010
I'm 18, and is working on a psychiatry/psychology degree (haven't decided which one yet). I have the same kind of issue with one hand doing the same as the other, and I have not found any thing also. I think it is biological, and is only a minor problem (from what I have read). I am having my psychology teacher have a look into it, and I myself about doing research on it. So, when I find out, I'll post it.
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replied April 19th, 2010
both hands doing same thing at same time
Answersplease. I have the same problem.Myself,my mother and now my daughter.I also am glad I''m not the only one searching for an answer.Any information will be helpful.
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replied May 21st, 2010
Same here - since birth. The upswing is that I can do almost anything left or right handed - eat, write, bowl, anything but shoot pool which I seem to do left handed better. Downside is that I have to find workarounds for some things like typing - I hover all the fingers over the keyboard so that none but the intended fingers are touching it at the intended time. In other activities it can be a problem if you aren't aware of where both hands are (sometimes one is close to an object it hits when you wave the other hand). I've never met anyone who even knows anyone with this difference.
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replied June 12th, 2010
I am 33 years old and I too have this disorder. My brother and I both have it. My husband has done some research into it and found a name for it. It is called
Mirror moverment disorders. I am having some problems with mine.My hands swell up, I jerk sometimes plus I have a speech delay. I am also weak in the hands and arms. I hit into things,cut and fingers, plus drop things because of this. From what I found out
some can go have normal lives but others the disorder can be accompanied by other things.
I am glad I am not alone in this. I would to start a support group. I believe if we get together support each other maybe Doctors will help us.
I too was laughed when I tried to explain in it.
There is info. on Mayo clinic's website.
Please write me.
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replied June 16th, 2010
my son is 3years old. He has done it since he was born. The doctors are now interested in it. They have passed him onto a specialist who is unsure on it so he has passed him onto another specialist, iv also got my chiropractic looking in on it. They think its to do with links in the brain, they are supposed to cross over which make your hands do opposite things the research is still going on with him, wont stop till i find out what it is.
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replied August 25th, 2010
Mirror Movement disorder
My brother and me both have this problem. When I was young I would practice sperating the movments in my hands. I have had some success and now its to the point where I notice it more than somone who doesn't know me. Most times those who know me don't even know I have the problem untill I tell them. My brother condistion is more noticible than mine but he never really spent time trying to train himself. I take martial arts and it makes training more difficult for me when I have to do grabs and what not. I noticed somone earlier said they learned to play the guitar which is nice because I was concerned that I may never be able to do something like that. I was also curouse to know if anyone else has trained themselves to seperate there movements with any success?
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replied September 15th, 2010
what is this called
I am 75 and have had this condition since birth. I am now learning to play the recorder!! Very difficult I can assure you. but what have I got to lose. I've managed to hide this over the years. When I was about 10 in the UK I made a film for a convention of psychologists or psychiatrists in Geneva they had me do all the usual things eg writing, buttoning a coat. upside down and mirror writing etc.
This condition has been more an inconvenience than anything over the years altho' as a child I was embarrassed by it.
What is this condition called?
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replied October 3rd, 2010
I am 18, and about to start university doing a biology degree so i hope i will be able to get some more information from lectures. For those worrying about learning difficulties i've had none, and have always been good academically so i feel that it shouldn't impact in that way. I've also had the condition from birth but have manage to control it , i've learnt to play both violin and piano, however it was very difficult and i dropped my bow and sometimes the violin alot. But with practice i have limited the movements to mere twitches and can stop myself before hitting the wrong key on a keyboard or piano.
I hope this gives hope that with practice you can minimise movements, however it is an incovenience.
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replied October 29th, 2010
My son who is 20 has this, and was tested at Tufts medical center in Boston when he was about 12, he was told he had some "soft neurological damage" and that it was all "overflow". An example of overflow is when a small child is using scissors and sticks out there tongue, it is something the brain does when finds something difficult to do, and normally when you get used to doing the task the overflow goes away. They said he would never out grow it and never has. He has learned to compensate and functions fine, does very well in college. Hope this helps. The school was great with IEP's and therapy's.
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replied May 27th, 2011
I am so glad that I am not the only person on this planet with this issue. So glad to know that there are more of us. I've been to several neurologists over the years and not one has been able to find out what the cause is but only give me methods to cope with it. I really hope that it gets a name, it's awkward to explain this to people without a proper diagnosis.
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