The absence seizure is by far the hardest to spot. (Note the person in the video is not me. I found this on YouTube) We theorize I had been having these for years before I was officially diagnosed. We had no idea I was having them. A person having this kind of seizure mentally checks out for about 15 seconds. It is not unusual for a person with these to have over 100 in a single day. When you add all those up you can understand why this might be a problem. There is all this lost time you can’t account for. Because of this kind of seizure my school grades suffered tremendously. I missed key parts of the teacher’s lesson, homework assignments, and teacher’s even thought I was ignoring them on occasion. I went from a B student to barely being able to maintain a D. I was missing so much of my classes that I just couldn’t keep up. I would literally cry over homework I couldn’t comprehend or be in tears when I found out I was missing a whole slew of assignments. So if you look at a person and their eyes just seem empty, like they aren’t there, and seconds later they are back to “normal” it is possible they are having absence seizures. Ask them if they have seizures or if they heard what you said. It’s possible they aren’t aware they are having them and you could be the reason they go get checked out and receive the help they need.
Simple Partial Seizure
Complex Partial Seizure
Atonic Seizures(Drop Seizures)
This one doesn’t long about 15 seconds. It is just a brief loss of muscle tone which causes you to fall or for your head to drop. Thinking back on it I had these and didn’t realize it. I just chalked it up to my clumsiness. Just make sure they are okay and help them back up.
Clonic seizures as seen in the video above are known for their rhythmic jerking. This would be the main symptom and this kind of seizure is much rarer. These can typically last one to two minutes. The jerking here is more regular and sustained than a myoclonic seizure. For this make sure there is nothing in the way they could hurt themselves on and when the seizure ends roll them onto their side. Call a loved one or friend to come to get them. This person will know whether a hospital trip is necessary or not.
Myoclonic seizures are very brief and are the short contractions of a muscle group. Like the arms as pictured in the video above. Just wait patiently for the seizure to end, check to make sure they are okay when it’s over, and contact a loved one or friend to come to get them.
These seizures are characterized by a stiffening in the body. They don’t usually last long and don’t usually need first aid unless they lose consciousness. You will want to make sure that someone who knows about their condition knows, but if they are an adult they may very well be able to handle things on their own. Although if you ask how you may help they won’t mind.
Tonic-Clonic/Gran mal Seizures