blobWho are we?
blobNEAD in numbers
blobHow this site works
blobContact us
blobWhat are non-epileptic attacks?
blobAre NEAs common?
blobWhat do NEAs look like?
blobWhat do NEAs feel like?
blobWhat about my other symptoms?
blobHow are NEAs diagnosed?
blobDo I have epilepsy?
blobHow to feel about the diagnosis
blobWhat causes my attacks?
blobEarly life factors?
blobWhy do NEAs start?
blobWhat can trigger further attacks?
blobWhy have the attacks not stopped?
blobHow do these factors act together?
blobHow can stress cause symptoms?
blobWhat if people don't believe me?
blobWhat do I tell people?
blobWhat should people do?
blobWhat can I/my family do to help?
blobHow can I help myself get better?
blobShould I stop doing anything?
blobWhat can my family do?
blobWhat if I get worse?
blobIs there any treatment for NEAs?
blobWhat can help?
blobWhat is psychological treatment?
blobDifferent types of psychotherapy?
blobWho can help?
blobWill I recover?
blobHow can I find out more?
blobCan I drive with NEAD?
blobCan I still claim benefits?
blobAre there any support groups?
blobYour personal stories
blobFurther Support

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Who are we?The Team

We are a group of healthcare prof-essionals interested in developing effective treatments for non-epileptic attacks. Our group consists of neurol-ogists, psychologists and psycho-therapists. Between us we have many years of experience of working with patients with NEAD.

About this site

This site is designed to provide patients diagnosed with Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD) and their families with more information about the disorder. Some doctors use different names for non-epileptic attacks (NEAs), for instance psychogenic seizures, dissociative seizures, conversion seizures or pseudoseizures. These names describe the same condition in which attacks occur without a clear medical cause, so the information on this website should still be relevant.

This website is not about other nonepileptic attacks explained by obvious medical causes such as fainting, transient ischaemic attacks or blackouts related to low blood sugar.

What is on this site?

From our experience of meeting people with non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD), we know that when people first receive the diagnosis they are often very confused. People may have thought that they have epilepsy for many years and do not understand what the new diagnosis means. Patients often hear a short explanation of NEAD from their doctor and are then sent away with no further support.

We hope that this site will provide you with the most up-to-date information about what NEAs are, what causes them, and what the best treatments are.

We also aim to provide you, your family and friends the best advice on what you can do to help yourself.

The site contains many self-help ideas and suggestions about what you should or shouldn't try doing. We hope that these will help you to feel in control of your disorder and help you to find the best treatment possible.


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