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Types of Seizures

Dakota Ake, Log Editor-in-Chief

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When people think of seizures they typically think of someone on the floor twitching uncontrollably, but that isn’t always that case.

Listed below is a list of a few different types of seizures someone might be having. This isn’t a complete list of every type of seizure. For a more extensive list visit the site this information is from: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/types-seizures.

  • Absence seizures: A short period of spacing off. Simple absence seizures are where the person just stares into space for under 10 seconds. These are so quick they can be misunderstood as daydreaming or not paying attention.
  • Atonic seizures: Known as “drop seizures” they cause the person to lose muscle strength which may result in eyelids drooping, dropping things and the person to fall to the ground. These usually last less than 15 seconds but can cause injury.
  • Clonic seizure: Repeated contraction and relaxation of a muscle resulting in twitching or jerking. They can last for a few seconds up to a minute.
  • Tonic-clonic seizure: This is what most people think of when they think of a seizure. It starts with the person’s muscles stiffening and them losing consciousness, falling to the floor. After that the person’s limbs will jerk for a few minutes before slowing to a stop and consciousness being regained. These can last from a minute to 3 minutes.
  • Complex partial seizures: Spacing off accompanied by movement and talking. People having these types of seizures are prone to do potentially dangerous or embarrassing things. These last a minute to 2 minutes typically.
  • Non-epileptic seizures: Seizures not caused by epilepsy but by other causes such as stress and emotions. These are typically reported to be similar to tonic-clonic seizures.

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