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Information for young people and families living with non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD)

Non-epileptic attack disorder or NEAD is a condition that affects some children, teenagers and adults. It involves having seizures, with and without warnings and has lots of different names. Doctors and other health professionals generally refer to these types of seizures as non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD), non-epileptic seizures, dissociative seizures, pseudo-seizures, psychogenic seizures (PNES), somatisation, psychosomatic or functional seizures. Unfortunately this can be confusing, but the different names all refer to similar symptoms. When people have non-epileptic attacks they experience sudden changes in their behaviour and ability to control their body. They are not intentionally having seizures.

This website has been made to provide young people, families, friends and carers with information about NEAD and ways to help living with the condition. If you would like more information you should contact your GP or medical doctor for advice. You should not attempt to diagnose NEAD using this website.

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