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What Happens During a Seizure?

It can be very frightening if you or someone around you is having an epileptic seizure. To help alleviate some of the anxiety here is some very important, practical information.

What happens during a seizure?

A seizure is usually an unprovoked disturbance of consciousness, behavior, emotion, motor function or sensation as a result of the abnormal, excessive electrical activity in the brain.

Because of this, seizures can affect any process your brain coordinates. Seizure signs and symptoms may include:

Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure. In most cases, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time, so the symptoms will be similar from episode to episode.

However, not all people who have seizures have epilepsy.

While many types of stereotypical, repetitive behaviors may suggest seizure, a neurology specialist or epileptologist should establish whether or not these are seizures and epilepsy.

The following tips will help you or someone you love that has epilepsy:

Activities such as baseball, bike riding, swimming, horseback riding or hockey can be made safer by wearing protective gear and life jackets and by having another person with you.

What do I do if someone is having a seizure?

Who to See

If you are experiencing seizures, please make an appointment with Complete Neurological Care neurologist and epileptologist Dr. Maja Ilic.

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