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Grounding Techniques

FND Techniques


Here are some techniques you can try with Functional Seizures and Dissociation Episodes. These techniques are like any discipline, they require patience, practice, and perseverance to achieve maximum benefit. Use one or all of these techniques only when you are feeling well/ok and adapt them to suit your needs. If you find you’re losing concentration, where your mind is wondering, move on a little quicker to the next step.  Remember these techniques take practice.

(NOTE: The following techniques do not work for everyone and have not been clinically tested. They are a compilation of tips suggested by patients. Use at your own risk.)


You may have signs or symptoms which tell you a seizure is imminent, however, some have no warning. The first step is to raise your awareness as to what is going on prior to and leading up to seizures.

Look for signs such as:

  • Unusual taste or dryness in mouth
  • Feeling woozy/lightheaded
  • Tingling or pins & needles
  • Feeling of being excessively tired need to sleep
  • Nausea
  • Rise in heart rate
  • Pain in chest
  • Sweating
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stuttering
  • Confusion
  • Feeling like you can’t breathe/suffocating/need for fresh air

These symptoms can be around for seconds, minutes or hours before a seizure.  Everyone’s symptoms vary but by learning to recognize your symptoms you can learn to stave off and even prevent a seizure.  Like the ‘grounding technique,’ it is a discipline to be understood and practiced.

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