Whether or not someone has epilepsy, seizures can happen at unpredictable times and in inconvenient locations. Statistically, one in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime; the odds are that someone you know will have a seizure.
Knowing how to respond when someone has a seizure is crucial. Most seizures are not a medical emergency, and the general steps to ensure the person having a seizure remains safe are simple.
Watch our short video to learn the basics now:
Do not panic. Most seizures are not a medical emergency.
If the seizure lasts for more than 5 mins, call 911.
from the immediate area and keep the person safe.
restrain the person or put anything in their mouth.
The person may be disoriented as the seizure ends.
Formerly called “Grand Mal,” a tonic-clonic seizure is a convulsive seizure with loss of consciousness, muscle stiffening, falling, and jerking motions.
These are non-convulsive seizures where the person shows signs of confusion, unresponsiveness, or inappropriate behavior. Behavior may include losing awareness or appearing to be intoxicated from drugs or alcohol.
SUDEP is when a seemingly healthy person with epilepsy dies unexpectedly, and the reason for death is unknown. Keeping your seizures controlled through medication or other therapies and avoiding seizure triggers is the best way to reduce your risk of SUDEP.Learn More About SUDEP