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Ben says: ‘I am quite happy to accept that they might be psychological in nature: in fact, as they have been badly controlled on medication, I was quite pleased with the diagnosis as I thought it would mean finally finding a 'cure'.’

What can help?

Talking: The most important treatment for NEAD involves talking – to friends and family and to specialists in the treatment of the condition. Your neurologist will be able to make a referral for you to see a specialist in talking therapies (such as psychotherapy).

See here for information about different types of psychotherapy.

Self-Help: There are also many things that you do to help yourself. Specialist treatment in non-epileptic attacks can often involve long waiting times.

See our section on Self Help for things that you can do to help yourself manage your attacks.

Tablet treatment for NEAD: Some people experience NEA when they are depressed or when they have anxiety symptoms such as panic attacks. If this is the case, antidepressant drugs may not only help with the depression and anxiety but also with the NEA. Sometimes antidepressant drugs also help for NEA in the absence of additional depression and anxiety.

Antidepressant drugs are not addictive, and it is usually possible to find a form of treatment which does not cause any side effects. However, the best treatment for NEA does not involve taking tablets but getting involved in one of the talking therapies (such as psychotherapy).

Psychological Treatment: Most experts think that psychological treatment works best for NEAD.

See What is psychological treatment? for more information.


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