What are the symptoms of epileptic seizures?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses the signs and symptoms of epileptic seizures. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Epileptic seizure symptoms vary depending on where in the brain the seizure starts. For example, temporal lobe epilepsy often causes seizures with altered consciousness. A person is confused and can have difficulty speaking. They might have a warning, such as an aura, deja vu or hallucinations. Sometimes, a person uses his or her hands unconsciously, like automatically picking up an object. These movements can progress to shaking and grand mal symptoms such as unconsciousness and convulsions, but this does not always happen.