How To Identify Health Problems Using Your Handwriting


On a psychological perspective, every small move we make says something about our real personality. It would be easier to understand people if we know that there is a “science” behind each behavior regardless if its erratic or pleasant. Now, if we’re going to talk about physical health, a lot of us rely on classic signs and symptoms to verify if a health threat is existent or not. Although physician consultation and not self-diagnosis remains to be the best choice to ensure everyone’s safety, there are simple things in life that we can use to at least assess how at-risk we are for specific groups of body disorders. This is when handwriting comes to the picture.


Handwriting analysis for the purpose of identifying health risks or threats is actually not a new idea anymore. As a matter of fact, it has  been around since the time of the great philosopher Aristotle. Graphology is the term being used to the process of identifying any imbalance in one’s body, mind and spirit. Handwriting is a skill that requires involvement of both the nervous and musculoskeletal systems so any abnormality in either of these two will reflect on how we write using our bare hands. Moreover, on her article entry for Dr. Oz blog, Kathi McKnight, a certified handwriting analyst, said that  “What we write comes from the conscious mind but how we write comes from the subconscious mind”. There is actually no magic behind our handwriting; Just like how psychologists use simple behavior to describe one’s personality, we can have an idea on where we stand on the health-illness continuum by merely looking at our own handwriting.

It is never recommended to use handwriting as the ultimate key for self-diagnosis but  just to give you a clue on how graphologists do their jobs, here’s a run down of some of the diseases that can be identified using our own handwriting:

handwriting parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s Disease

According to research studies, almost 3 out of 4 people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease first experience trembling of the hands, feet or jaw during its early stages. However, there is a major difference between the hand shakiness related to Parkinson’s and those that are related to the less threatening “essential tremors”. The latter usually fades away upon rest while the trembling experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease persist even  during resting periods, the reason why they call it “resting tremors”. The tremors related to Parkinson’s are often described as “pill-rolling” and are caused by the deficiency of neurotransmitter called dopamine in the thalamic area of the brain. With this type of tremor, maintaining a legible handwriting will be one of the greatest challenges along with the inability to sustain smooth body movements.

handwriting patient with heart disease

Hypertension/Heart Problems

People with heart disease or hypertension often experience periods of fatigue every once in a while. For this reason, performing usual tasks can be a lot more taxing for them compared to when they were in their usual healthy state. It can also reflect on their own handwriting because research studies  have identified variable pressure (something that goes from light to dark and vice versa) in the handwriting of patients with heart disease. In addition to that, Christina Strang, an expert handwriting analyst based in Wiltshire, South West England, also found out  that most of the handwriting she obtained from the 61 cardiac patients involved in her study include several “resting dots”. This characteristic can  be identified on our handwriting once we stop for a few milliseconds to rest our hands.

handwriting alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s Disease

Most people, especially doctors, have an illegible handwriting but the flow of thought and sentence structure remain intact. In the case of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the gradual degradation of their brain function take it’s toll not just on their handwriting but on their creativity and communication skills as well. Their handwriting is often described as illegible and disorganized with irregular letters scattered all over the paper. And because their memory and thought processes are affected by the disease as well, simple spelling and smooth flow of thought are not anymore achievable. Their sentences often lack structure and most of the people who are affected with AD can’t even sign their name because they forgot how to make their own signature.

schizophrenia handwriting


People with schizophrenia are often detached from reality, experiencing bouts of hallucinations and delusions all at the same time. The complexity of their thought processes can manifest on their handwriting as most graphologists have been able to identify characteristics unique of schizophrenic handwriting. Aside from  being illegible, schizophrenic patients often use multiple languages or multiple writing styles within a single paragraph. Sentences that they create don’t jive together and capital letters are written in a way that doesn’t make sense. They sometimes write sensible sentences but within a few minutes or so, they go back to their usual writing style.

depression handwriting


We all come to a point in our lives when we feel too despondent to cheer up. Our mood can reflect in every single thing that we do like the way we interact with our loved ones, the way we do our jobs and even in the way we write on a piece of paper. According to graphologists, there is an imaginary line on a paper (not those with printed lines already) that they call “baseline of writing”. They use this too determine the mood of a person on a particular day. An ascending baseline can be a sign of optimism while a downward line can tell that a person is currently battling out an emotional breakdown. 

Graphology is not the ultimate tool to diagnose life-threatening diseases but it can serve as a reminder that disorders can affect our lives in ways we haven’t imagined before. For this reason, health management should always be holistic, addressing not just the physical manifestations of the disease but also the emotional and spiritual affectation that keeps a person from achieving complete recovery.


“What Your Handwriting Says About Your Health” by Kathi McKnight. March 29, 2012.

“Handwriting clue to heart disease”.



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