What are Dissociative Seizures?
There are many different names for dissociative seizures. Other names you may hear are non-epileptic seizures, non-epileptic attacks or events, non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD), psychogenic seizures, functional seizures, pseudoseizures or pseudoepileptic seizures. Some of these names sound like the seizures are ‘put on’ or ‘imagined’ which they certainly are not.
Seizure is a word describing any sudden, temporary loss of control over nervous system functioning. You may hear other words used, such as ‘attacks’, ‘fits’, ‘turns’, ‘blackouts’.
Whereas epileptic seizures are caused by a sudden, abnormal electrical discharge in the brain, dissociative seizures happen through a process in the brain known as dissociation.