blobWho are we?
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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
Abigail says: ‘I don't find that stress plays a part in how many fits I have as quite often I'll have one whilst relaxing watching the TV.’
Mark says: “If my brain decides I have done one thing too many, it shuts me down while it sorts things out.”

What causes my attacks?

NEAs can be linked to emotions or stress, but the causes are not always obvious. Most NEAs are an unconscious mechanism, which the brain uses to protect itself against overwhelming distress. NEAs can be triggered by a wide range of situations, emotions, physical sensation, thoughts or memories. People are not always aware of these triggers. Often it feels like their attacks are happening “out of the blue”.

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For more information about factors in early life that can increase the risk of developing NEAs, click here.

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