What happens during a seizure?

During a seizure there is a burst of electrical activity in the brain that causes the signals to get a bit mixed up and travel around the nervous system. The mixed-up messages might make people fall to the ground and shake all over. They might also cause people to stare into space for a while as if they are daydreaming, or to smell a strange scent or to get a strange taste in their mouth.

During a seizure there is abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. The outward effect can vary from a brief episode of uncontrolled jerking movement (tonic-clonic seizure) to a subtle, momentary loss of awareness (absence seizure). 

Some people have brief memory lapses. Others experience more pronounced seizures, in which they lose consciousness, fall down and shake.

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