A central nervous system (or neurological) condition, epilepsy causes brain activity to become abnormal, thus resulting in periods of lost awareness, unusual behavior, sensations, and of course, seizures.
Seizures can present themselves in different ways. While some who suffer from epileptic seizures might simply zone out for a few moments during an episode, others will find their arms and legs twitch repeatedly. It’s important to note that having one seizure doesn’t garner an epilepsy diagnosis; however, if an individual suffers from two or more seizures (unprovoked by any other medical condition), medical attention is certainly needed for analysis around the condition.
For the most part, epilepsy treatment involves medications, and at times surgery may be needed to assist seizure control. There are some patients that need to be on treatments their entire lives, while others find the condition eventually goes away on its own. Meanwhile, some kids that suffer through epilepsy during their childhood find that they do outgrow their seizures once they get older.
As epilepsy is a result of abnormal activity with a person’s brain, seizures (and seizure symptoms) unfold in any way the brain directs it to, and cases do vary. While the way a seizure presents itself can be different from patient to patient, a person with epilepsy will have the same type of seizure each episode. Below are 10 common symptoms of epilepsy.
Seizures can take many forms, and they generally last for as short as 30 seconds, to as long as two minutes. One common symptom that epileptic patients can suffer from is temporary confusion. This can take many forms, from disorganized and jumbled thoughts to unusual or even aggressive behavior.
Some epileptic sufferers report having temporary issues around doing tasks that are generally a snap, while others might not be able to recognize items that are familiar. For the brief moment in time that an episode wears on, patients may also have a change in emotions around how things sound, feel, smell, or taste.