Non epileptic Seizures ? This is a condition which can be brought on by traumas of events perhaps or child abuses and other traumatically experienced damages to the identity and Self. Although there is no apparent organic basis for non epileptic seizures, as in epilepsy, they occur nonetheless . So why does the brain cut off consciousness from time to time ?
What appears to be the case from some psychotherapy perspectives is the brain is capable of withstanding and dealing with pains of events and needs-deprived over time - but if the whole organism is assaulted by a powerful experience/s of near death - or feelings that escalate towards terror of that, then dissociation can take place .
For some people this shift of consciousness is so great a collapse of its sustainability occurs . They go "away" from mindedness . Its not a conscious thing - its possibly a survival reflex that is maintained from the original pain/assault on the "Self" .. There may even be gradations of it in life that others show by going blank inside stresses - and non-epileptic seizures is the more overblown and dramatic state of that if stresses in the present reactivate old associated areas of trauma .
In the UK there is a Charity relatively newly registered known as the NEAD Trust which was registered with the Charity Commission in August 2009 - its charitiable objects are to :
TO RELIEVE THE SUFFERING OF PEOPLE LIVING IN SHEFFIELD AND DISTRICTS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY NON EPILEPTIC ATTACK DISORDER (NEAD) THROUGH THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION, ADVICE AND SOCIAL CONTACT
Its clearly a subject and issue that will grow perhaps as time goes on and other discover there is a set of terms to help describe their experience .
People who may wish more information about the NEAD trust can obtain it from: