Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
5 minute read
27 Jul 2020
5:10 am

What you need to know about epilepsy

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Having a single seizure doesn’t mean you have epilepsy – you need to have two unprovoked seizures to be diagnosed with epilepsy.

The technology may eventually be used on patients with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and epilepsy, the researchers said. © ktsimage / Istock.com

Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. People with epilepsy behave differently, some simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Having a single seizure doesn’t mean you have epilepsy – you need to have two unprovoked seizures to be diagnosed with epilepsy. Symptoms Symptoms differ depending on the type of seizure. Seizures can affect any process your brain coordinates, therefore the signs and symptoms may include: Temporary confusion Staring...