Name  Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD)
Related to/Also known as  Functional Neurological Disorder
Symptoms of NEAD
Non-epileptic seizures can look and feel like seizures caused by epilepsy, but they are not actually caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, like epileptic seizures. Instead they are either organic or psychogenic in origin. There are a number of tests available that can help to diagnose NEAD and to distinguish epileptic from non-epileptic seizures.
Useful national contacts

Epilepsy Action
Freephone helpline: 0808 800 5050
Link opens in new window www.epilepsy.org.uk

NEUROkid information for children and young people diagnosed with NEAD
Link opens in new window www.neurokid.co.uk

News and events   
Online resources

There are useful factsheets available from the National Society for Epilepsy and from Epilepsy Action, see the websites below:

Epilepsy Society Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/kn68bo

Link opens in new window www.epilepsy.org.uk tel: 0808 800 5050

Information can also be found at the website:
Link opens in new window www.nonepilepticattacks.info
This is a website developed by a group of healthcare professionals interested in developing effective treatments for NEAD. It is designed to provide patients and families with information about the condition, what causes them and what treatments there are, together with self-help information.

Our resources

Taking Control of Your Non-epileptic Seizures The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on NEAD and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

This includes a copy of NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals' factsheet "Taking Control of Your Non-Epileptic Seizures".