The person stays awake and aware during the seizure. The seizure
may be only a strange smell or taste, sound or visual disturbance, or feeling
of confusion, anxiety, or fear—some people describe these sensations as an
aura. The person's arms, face, or hands may briefly
stiffen, tingle, flex, or jerk, but this does not always occur. Eyes may blink
rapidly during the seizure. The person may cry out or may not be able to
I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified.
What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a couple of seconds. It’s different from a "grand mal" seizure, when people have convulsions. That’s what most people think of when they think of epilepsy. A petit mal seizure may not sound like much, but it’s...
Simple partial seizures affect only those muscles or body parts
controlled by the specific area of the brain where the seizure begins. After
the seizure, the person may feel weak or numb in that area of his or her body
(often one side of the face, one hand, or one arm).
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March 12, 2014
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