Seizures occur when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Chemical changes in our nerve cells trigger the electrical activity in our body. Brain cells either trigger or stop other brain cells from sending messages throughout the body. During a seizure there is either too much or too little activity going on in the brain cells. This causes the sudden electrical activity that leads to seizures. Since there are different types of seizures, the location of the abnormal activity in the brain sets one seizure apart from another.
Non-epileptic seizures are seizures that occur from injuries. In partial seizures, the abnormal activity occurs in only one side of the brain. This results in only one side of the body experiencing the seizure. Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain. Each seizure has different symptoms. Brief blackout, twitching and jerking movements, sudden falling, shaking of the entire body, sudden eye movements, change in behavior, loss of bladder control, loss of speech control, and teeth clenching are a few symptoms of seizures.
Seizures are often a symptom of other health conditions. They may result from high fever, head injury, infections, trauma, stroke, drug abuse, electric shock, extremely high blood pressure, alcohol withdrawal, and drug withdrawal. Doctors diagnose seizures by running a test called electroencephalogram (EEG). This test checks the brain for unusual electrical activity. There are many types of medications available to treat this condition. If medication does not work, then surgery may be an option. Talk with your doctor to decide which treatment plan is best for you. Support groups are also good resources for support and information.