What happens during a seizure

Changes In Your Thoughts And Awareness

  • lacking out (losing awareness)

  • Passing out (losing consciousness, being unconscious)

  • Feeling detached, confused, or spacey

  • Forgetting things (memory lapses)

  • Feeling distracted, or daydreaming

Changes In The Way You Talk

  • Can’t talk at all or can’t get get words out

  • Making nonsense or garbled sounds

  • Saying things that don’t make sense to what is going on around you.

Problems With Your Eyes

  • Blinking a lot

  • Looking up or to one side

  • Staring

  • Pupils dilate (appear larger than normal)

Changes With Your Muscles

  • Your muscles may become very rigid (stiff), tense, or tight feeling. Or muscles may become very limp, called “low muscle tone.” 

  • You may have tremors (shaking movements), twitching or jerking movements that you can’t control. 

  • You may have repeated non-purposeful movements, or “automatisms,” in your face, arms, or legs. Examples:

    • Lip-smacking or chewing movements

    • Repeated movements of hands, like wringing your hands, playing with buttons or objects in your hands, or waving

    • Dressing or undressing

    • Walking or running

  • You may keep doing what you were doing before the seizure started. This is called repeated purposeful movement.

  • You may have a specific sequence of movements called a convulsion. In a convulsion, you lose consciousness, your body becomes rigid or tense, and then you have fast jerking movements.

  • Biting your tongue

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