Definition:

Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder that occurs when nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior and sometimes loss of consciousness.

 

Symptoms:

  • Temporary confusion

  • A staring spell

  • Uncontrollable jerking movements in the arms and legs

  • Loss of consciousness or awareness

  • Psychic symptoms

 

How to treat before seeking medical advice: Seek immediate help if any of the following occurs:

  • The seizure lasts more than five minutes

  • Breathing or consciousness doesn’t return after the seizure stops

  • A second seizure immediately follows

  • High fever

  • Heat exhaustion

  • You’re pregnant

  • You have diabetes

  • You’ve injured yourself during the seizure