An epileptic seizure results from abnormal electrical activity in a group of nerve cells in the brain. There are many different types of seizures, depending on the location of the abnormal functioning cells and on how far the abnormal electrical activity spreads through the brain.
Many seizures stop by themselves within a few minutes of onset. Some, however, continue and can develop into Status Epilepticus, meaning the seizure continues for more than 30 min. Status Epilepticus is a medical emergency with a risk of long-term neurological problems or even death.
There are many epilepsy charities that support people living with epilepsy and their carers.
Links to these charities can be found below: