First Aid Procedures

Everyone should know how to respond correctly when someone has a seizure. Your skills will make a difference when you are able to respond appropriately. If you have epilepsy, make sure the people around you know how to help you if you have a seizure. This provides...

Medication Record

Having a record of the medication you take helps you and your family. It is a document that gives clear instructions on the correct medication and dosage that you take. A record can help you take your medication as prescribed by your doctor. It also helps you when...

Generalized Seizures

Below is a list of the types of generalized seizures. *An asterisk indicates old terminology Tonic-clonic (Grand Mal)* This seizure may start with a sudden cry and fall, and progress from muscle rigidity to jerking. There is a change in breathing pattern. Breathing...

Signs of a Seizure Disorder

Some of the signs of a seizure disorder are similar to signs of other conditions. They also come and go so it’s easy to ignore or explain away some of the more subtle warning signs. Often the first time someone sees a doctor for epilepsy is after having had a...

What is an Aura?

An aura is a sudden, brief warning that a seizure is about to occur. It may take the form of an unpleasant taste or smell, a tingling in the skin, a funny feeling in the stomach, or a visual distortion. It may also occur as a feeling of déjà vu or jamais vu (not...

Focal Seizures

Focal (Formerly Simple Partial) Focal seizures take on many forms. A muscle may jerk uncontrollably in one area of the body. A focal seizure may involve any of the senses. A person may hear, see, or smell things that are not there. Or there may be an unusual sensation...
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