Module 2 - Seizure types
Congratulations on passing Module 1 and welcome to your second module which is about seizures. Now you might wonder why seizures is italicised, pluraled, bolded & underlined (we’re not sure pluraled is a real word but we’ve decided to take creative license with the English language to hit this point home).
This is because we’re trying to highlight the fact that there is more than one type of seizure that a person with epilepsy can experience. In fact, there is anything up to 50+ types of seizures that can be experienced by people with epilepsy.
Everyone is familiar with the type of seizure where the person falls to the ground suddenly and their muscles stiffen and jerk involuntarily. This is a common type of seizure known as a tonic-clonic seizure. But we also want you to bear in mind that seizures can present in other ways as well, depending on where in the brain they originate.
For example, a person could be fully upright during a seizure but could be in a trance-like state, fidgeting with their clothes, slurring speech, smacking their lips or displaying other forms of confused behaviour. This is another extremely common type of seizure, known as a focal (or complex-partial) seizure.
It is impossible to list the way every single seizure presents and we do not expect the wider public to know every single type of seizure and the medical term for them. But we really want you to know is that it is a MYTH that there is only one type of seizure. So, if you see someone wandering aimlessly or displaying characteristics like the ones mentioned above which would appear somewhat odd, bear in mind that they could be a person with epilepsy and that they might need your help.