Epilepsy 101

What is a Seizure?

Man passed out receiving medical treatmentSeizures are when neurons fire abnormally and excessively in a part of the brain. This can manifest in many different ways depending on where the neurons are and how they are connected to different areas of the brain.

For example, a patient who has a seizure that starts in the dominant (where language is) temporal lobe, may have a seizure where they will stop speaking and cannot remember their seizure. It can sometimes spread to the frontal lobe and they may have problems moving their opposite side of the body. Or, it can go back into the occipital lobe and cause visual hallucinations.