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What do I need to know about someone's epilepsy?

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What do I need to know about someone's epilepsy?

You may be able to help someone with epilepsy if you know about their seizures. Here are some questions to help you.

  • What type of seizures do they have, and what happens? For example a focal impaired awareness seizure or absence seizure.
  • How long do their seizures normally last? Epileptic seizures usually stop by themselves. Although the length of seizures is different for each person a seizure usually lasts the same length of time for each person.
  • How often do they have seizures? Some people keep a note of when their seizures happen, in a seizure diary.
  • Are their seizures usually triggered or 'brought on' by anything, such as stress or tiredness?
  • Do they have a history of status epilepticus? If so, do they need emergency medication?
  • How long does it take them to recover after a seizure? Some people recover quickly, others may be confused for a while.
  • Do they take anti-seizure medication? When do they usually take them?
  • Do they have a medical ID card or jewellery that says how to help them during a seizure?​

Information produced: September 2023

Epileptic seizures

There are many different types of epileptic seizure. Any of us could potentially have a single epileptic seizure at some point in our lives. This is not the same as having epilepsy, which is a tendency to have seizures that start in the brain. 

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