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Non-epileptic attack disorder

What is non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD)?

Non-epileptic attacks are events that can look like an epileptic seizure, but they are not the same as having epilepsy. During a non-epileptic attack, the ability to control the body changes. Symptoms vary and everybody's experience of NEAD will be different.

Unlike epileptic seizures, non-epileptic attacks are not caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. NEAD may be helped by psychological treatment, and many people may find it helpful to meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist as well as their doctor or neurologist.

Our service diagnoses and cares for children and young people with NEAD. Together with the psychology team we decide what the best options for ongoing support will be. Support can take place at Evelina London or sometimes it may be possible for you or your child to access support closer to home.

If you, or someone you know, have NEAD, you may find our specially created film helpful.


This film has been produced for education and support purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical or professional care. If you have specific questions or concerns about yourself or somebody you know, please speak to your doctor.