Types of Seizures

Generalized Seizures 

Generalized seizures begin and continue in both sides (hemispheres) of the brain. They produce loss of consciousness, either briefly or for a longer period of time, and are sub-categorized into several major types.

Complex Partial Seizures and Partial Seizures

Partial seizures, also known as focal seizures, occur in one distinct region of the brain, typically the temporal or frontal lobe. The nature of partial seizures is usually determined by the function of the part of the brain where they occur. A seizure in the motor cortex area of the brain, for example, might cause an arm or leg to jerk uncontrollably. There are basically three types of partial seizure: simple partial, complex partial and partial seizures that develop into secondarily generalized seizures.

Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures

Psychogenic seizures are often called non-epileptic seizures though the symptoms may lead patients and health care providers to believe they are a sign of epilepsy. However, epileptic seizures are caused by sudden abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures are attacks that may look like epileptic seizures, but are not caused by abnormal brain electrical discharges. They are stress or emotionally related.