Do I have epilepsy? | Epilepsy and me | For young people

Do I have epilepsy?

It can take some time to be diagnosed with epilepsy because there are lots of different seizure types that all look very different.

There are no easy tests that can be used and other conditions that can cause what look like seizures must also be ruled out.

A good eye witness account is needed for doctors to understand what type of seizure someone has. Knowing the type of seizure and what caused it, e.g. tiredness or stress, will all help in the treatment of epilepsy.

What types of seizures are there?

There are over 40 different types of seizures and they can last from a few seconds to a few minutes.

People can have more than one type of seizure and the type of seizure depends on how much of the brain, and which parts of it, are affected.

If the whole brain is affected, the term is a generalised seizure. If only a specific part of the brain is affected it’s called a focal seizure.

Find out more about seizure types

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