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
blobGlossary
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Amy says: ‘I live at home with my mum stepdad and little sis they don’t understand they say I put them on deliberately’

What do I tell people?

Telling people that you have epilepsy is difficult although many people have heard of epilepsy and know something about it.

Telling people about non-epileptic attacks can be much harder. Most people have not heard of non-epileptic attacks, and it can be difficult to explain what they are. People may think that if you don’t have epilepsy that your attacks are not real. If you have a good understanding of your diagnosis it will be easier to explain to others.

Here are some things you can say:

“I have attacks that I cannot control. They are like epileptic attacks but they are not caused by the same things that cause epilepsy.”

You can find information about what you can do to help yourself, here.  

 


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