COgnitive Behavioural Therapy for Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Seizures

A Randomised Controlled Trial

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Dissociative Seizures

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Dissociative Seizures

Can I drive if I have Dissociative Seizures?


No - the DVLA will generally not let you drive until your seizures “have been satisfactorily controlled”. However, unlike epilepsy there is no specific rule about dissociative seizures stating how long you have to go without having a seizure before you can start driving again.


We advise you to let the DVLA know about your condition and that you reapply for your licence after your seizures have stopped. You can do that by clicking here.


Can I claim benefits if I have Dissociative Seizures?


Whatever the cause, you may be able to claim benefits depending on the effect the attacks have on your life.  


If you’ve had state benefits or have been unable to work because you thought you had epilepsy, this shouldn’t change - dissociative seizures are real and can be disabling.


There’s a good chance that your seizures will improve and you may be able to work again in the future. If this happens, then getting off benefits and starting work again can be stressful. It can be useful to discuss this with any doctors involved. Health professionals may need to speak to your employers.


The Job Centre Plus provides advice about returning to work after claiming benefits.  You can also talk to the Citizens Advice Bureau or the Department for Work and Pensions if you have any questions about benefits.