An epileptic seizure is caused by a sudden burst of excessive, electrical activity in the brain causing a temporary disruption to signals passing between brain cells. There are many different forms of epilepsy.
The main symptoms of epilepsy are repeated seizures. There are many different types of seizure, depending on the area of the brain affected.
People with epilepsy can experience any type of seizure, although most people have a consistent pattern of symptoms.
Seizures can occur when you are awake or asleep.
To keep the recognition and treatment on a generalised level we have placed these differing forms of epilepsy into two main groups Partial seizures and Generalised seizures.