An epileptic seizure is caused by a brief disruption of brain function involving temporary abnormal electrical activity in the nerve cells. Where this activity occurs determines the type of seizure.

There are over fourty types of seizures, ranging from seizures which can go totally unnoticed by other people right through to the classic tonic-clonic seizure, which is what most people think of when they hear seizure or epilepsy.

Diagnosis of the cause of seizures is difficult and often confusing to both the patient and the doctor. Epilepsy, by far, is not the only cause of seizures. Many people experience a seizure once in their life, never to be repeated.

The following is a generic, quick breakdown of the various types of seizures.

Gleamed from http://epilepsyontario.org/, http://www.seizures.net/ and personal experience ;(

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