FAQs:Brain And Seizures

Posted on 2013-06-11 22:00:58

“A big seizure just kind of grabs the inside of your skull and squeezes. It feels as if it's twisting and turning your brain all up and down and inside out. Have you ever heard a washing machine suddenly flip into that bang-bang-bang sound when it gets out of balance, or a chain saw when the chain breaks and gets caught up in the gears, or an animal like a cat, screeching in pain? Those are what seizures felt like when I was little.” ? Terry Trueman, Stuck in Neutral What are the types of seizures? Seizures are mainly categorized based on the on which part of the brain is involved during a seizure. The seizures can be classified into two main categories, generalized seizures and partial seizures. Generalized Seizures: these normally affect the entire brain. They are also broken down to absence seizures, lasting from around 2 to 15 seconds occurring a few times a day, generalized tonic clinic seizure also referred to as grand mal seizures where it can take hours to recover, may require sleep afterwards and also the child may have a headache. Atonic seizures may make a person’s body go limp with the head dropping or even the child totally collapsing. Partial seizures: these affect part of the brain. Some children retain consciousness with this kind of seizures and even recall what happened during the seizure. The two types of partial seizures are simple partial and complex partial which may affect consciousness. Is seizure and epilepsy the same thing? Seizure is a general term that refers to a sudden malfunction in the brain that causes someone to collapse, convulse, or have another temporary disturbance of normal brain function, often with a loss or change in consciousness. Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system. It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition. What is status epilepticus? This described as a continuous seizure that normally requires emergency medical assistance. Do you have a question about your child's health?Please ask one of our pediatrician today.