Frequently Asked Questions

What is epilepsy? What is a seizure?

Epilepsy, which is sometimes called a seizure disorder, is a disorder of the brain. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy when they have had two or more seizures. A seizure is a short-lasted change in normal brain activity. Seizures are the main sign of epilepsy. Some seizures can look like staring spells. Other seizures cause a person to fall, shake, and lose awareness of what’s going on around them.

How long do seizures usually last?

Usually, a seizure lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. It depends on the type of seizure.

What are the major types of seizures?

Sometimes it is hard to tell when a person is having a seizure. A person having a seizure may seem confused or look like they are staring at something that isn’t there. Other seizures can cause a person to fall, shake, and become unaware of what’s going on around them. Seizures are classified into two groups.

01. Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain.
02. Focal seizures affect just one area of the brain.

These seizures are also called partial seizures.
A person with epilepsy can have more than one kind of seizure.

If I have a seizure, does that mean I have epilepsy?

Not always. Seizures can also happen because of other medical problems. These problems include:
01. A high fever.
02. Low blood sugar.
03. Alcohol or drug withdrawal.