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GP Reception

Why have the attacks not stopped?

There is a number of reasons why attacks may continue (or get worse) once they have started. These reasons are sometimes called “perpetuating factors”.

Ongoing stress or worry often explains why attacks still happen. Examples are relationship problems, bereavement and money worries. However, there are often other factors that explain why attacks can continue, even if people don't feel particularly stressed. Identifying and addressing these factors can help to stop attacks.

Over time attacks can start to happen without any obvious trigger. They can happen randomly and with no warning.

You may be feeling calm and relaxed before an attack. This can make it difficult to work out what triggers your attacks.

Factors which may cause NEAD to continue include:

For examples of how these different factors can act together to cause NEAD, click here to read more about Helen and John.


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