What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that reason unprovoked, recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain. There are two main types of seizures. General seizures have an effect on the whole brain. Focal, or partial seizures, affect just one part of the brain. A mild seizure may be hard to identify. It can last a few seconds during which you lack awareness.
Stronger seizures can reason spasms and uncontrollable muscle twitches and can last a few seconds to several minutes. During a stronger seizure, some people become confused or lose consciousness. Afterward, you may have no memory of it happening.
There are several reasons you might have a seizure. These include:
- high fever
- head trauma
- very low blood sugar
- alcohol withdrawal