Encountering someone experiencing an epileptic seizure can be an unsettling experience if you’re not familiar with epilepsy or the various types of seizures that can result.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that produces recurring, unprovoked seizures. It’s one of the most common neurological disorders in the world, affecting about 50 million people. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, one in 10 people in the U.S. will have a seizure and one in 26 will develop epilepsy during their lifetime.
Not every seizure is connected to epilepsy, however. Some seizures can be triggered by other causes such as high fevers, head injuries, or other factors.