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blobYour personal stories
Carl says: ‘I have a friend with NEAD & I have found it very scary at times to witness.’

What should people do when I have an attack?

Many people find it frightening to witness somebody having an attacks. It is important that you tell people who may see you have an attack what they should do. This will help the witness to deal with the situation better and make sure that you receive the best possible care.

The important thing for them to know is that you are not having an epileptic attack. Tell people that they should avoid calling an ambulance unless you have injured yourself. You could carry a letter with you, which would make ambulance crew aware that you have NEAD and not epilepsy. This may stop them from giving you the wrong treatment.

This is what you should tell people to do:

Click here for a handout that you can print off to give to somebody who may see you have an attack. It will tell them what they should and should not do in case you have an attack.

Now that you understand a little more about what non-epileptic attacks are, you may be interested in finding out what can cause NEAs. For more information about causes of NEAs, click here.


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