Seizures - Topic Overview
Eclampsia is pregnancy-related seizure activity that
is related to high blood pressure. It is a life-threatening condition
for both a mother and her baby (fetus) because during a seizure, the fetus's
oxygen supply is drastically reduced. Eclampsia is more likely to occur after
the 20th week of pregnancy. For more information, see the topic
Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy.
Nonepileptic seizure (NES) is a condition that can cause seizure-like activity without having a
central nervous system problem. NES can be related to a mental health problem. The physical
symptoms may be caused by emotional conflicts or stress. The symptoms usually
appear suddenly and at times of extreme emotional stress.
No matter what
caused the seizure, you can help the person having a seizure.
A person who has had a seizure should not drive, swim, climb
ladders, or operate machinery until he or she has seen a doctor about the
Treatment of a seizure depends on what has
caused the seizure.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when
you should see a doctor.