9 Different Types of Seizures You Need To Know About

by William
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Most often when people think of someone having a seizure most would think of them dropping to the ground and their whole body convulsing. This is where people think wrong. There are different types of seizures out there that people don’t even know exist. Just because someone suffers from epilepsy or seizures doesn’t mean they fall to the ground every time they have one.

I’m going to go through the different types of seizures so people may have a better understanding of them.

First and foremost, Seizures are placed into two distinct categories; generalized seizures and partial seizures.

Generalized seizures – deal with electrical charge to both sides of the brain while partial seizures deal with electrical charge in one limited area of the brain or just one side of the brain.

Let’s begin with generalized Seizures shall we

Tonic-Clonic Seizures            

Known as the “grand mal” and the main seizure that people think of when they hear the word. The person will drop to the ground and almost every muscle stiffens while the person jerks. It usually lasts 1 – 3 minutes and the person can easily injure themselves.

Absence Seizures

This is when a person blanks out anywhere from a couple of seconds to 30 seconds and is unaware of their surroundings. Their eyes may blink repetitively and eyes may also roll up into the back of their head. People who suffer from these types of seizures may have 30 – 60 a day.

Atonic Seizures

People who suffer from this type of seizure lose all muscle and strength and just drop to the ground. They stay conscious and aware during the seizure episode but this doesn’t mean it’s not hard on their body.

Myoclonic Seizures

Most people would not even see these as seizures because they are so simple. They are very brief jerks of a muscle or a group of muscles. They only last for a second or two. It’s like the sudden jerk you may feel that wakes you up when falling asleep.

Tonic Seizures

Causes a person’s body to stiffen up and lasts for about 20 seconds. The person doesn’t always fall but can lose balance when muscles stiffen or if they have multiple seizures in a row. This particular type of seizure often happens while a person is sleeping.

Clonic Seizures

A Clonic seizure usually occurs when the body or part of the body jerks and stiffen like the “grand mal”. The jerking can’t be stopped even if someone tries to restrain a person having the seizure.

Partial Seizures

Partial seizures from what I know can be extremely hard to diagnose because people do some weird things during these seizures.

Simple Partial Seizures

The one thing different about the simple partial seizure is that people who suffer from it remain alert and can recall the whole thing. But the way it is varies from person to person.

It can be anything from pain in one’s stomach, a feeling of deja vu, or the sound of ringing. There is a whole list of things that happen to people who have these. They only last up to two minutes.

Complex Partial Seizures

If you see somebody who suffers from this type of seizure you may think they are just crazy. People become unaware of everything going on around them. The person will normally repeat actions things like picking his/her clothing, making noises, swiping at the air, etc.

The person may also do embarrassing things such as start taking off their clothes or get themselves into a dangerous situation. They don’t last very long but the person is normally confused from 15 minutes to hours afterwards and does not remember a thing.

The types of seizures mentioned in this article are some of the most common seizures a person will most likely see. Hopefully, you can identify them and if you see someone going through a seizure episode quickly help by turning them on their side.

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