Seizure Disorder Symptoms

Do you have any symptoms of Seizure Disorder? Do you even know what they are? Learn more about each symptom of this condition below and what to do if you think you may have Seizure Disorder.

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Symptoms of Seizure Disorder


There are many kinds of seizure disorders with a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Aura-a sensation at the start of a seizure, may involve the perception of an odd smell or sound, spots appearing in front of the eyes, or unusual stomach sensations; an aura is a seizure
  • Staring
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Repeated jerking of a single limb
  • Generalized convulsion, with uncontrollable jerking of muscles throughout the body
  • Hand rubbing
  • Lip smacking
  • Picking at clothing
  • Perception of an odor, sound, or taste
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Postictal state-a state of drowsiness, alteration in responsiveness, and/or confusion that commonly occurs after a generalized tonic-clonic seizure; may last minutes, hours, or days

Symptoms of generalized seizure disorders include:

  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizures-loss of consciousness, uncontrollable jerking of muscles throughout the body
  • Absence seizures-staring, eye blinking, or eye rolling

Symptoms of partial seizure disorder include:

  • Complex partial or temporal lobe seizures:
    • May lose contact with reality, stop purposeful activity, and begin a series of automatic gestures (eg, lip smacking, hand-wringing, or picking at clothing)
    • May appear as a brief moment of confusion or loss of attentiveness
    • May have a perception of unusual sights, sounds, or smells
  • Simple partial seizures:
    • Does not involve a loss of contact with reality or a loss of consciousness
    • Single area of the body may move uncontrollably (eg, leg or arm shaking)
    • May include the perception of an odor, sound, or taste, or an unrelated emotion


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