What is Seizure Disorder
There are two types of seizures: generalized seizures and focal seizures.
Generalized seizures affect both hemispheres of the brain and are classified as an absent seizure or a tonic-clonic seizure. Absent seizures, formally called “silent” seizures typically result in rapid eye blinking and staring into space. Some patients may not realize a seizure is occurring, or they may occur during sleep. Tonic-clonic seizures, formally called “Grand Mal” seizures are characterized by muscle jerking, muscle spasming, falling to the ground, and in serious cases, loss of consciousness.
Focal seizures are localized to one particular region of the brain. These seizures may result in mild muscle twitching or a strange taste in the mouth or strange smell. Typically, people diagnosed with epilepsy experience focal seizures.