Epilepsy and Seizures

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about epilepsy and seizures.

What are the most common types of seizures?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses the different types of seizures. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The most common type of seizure is the complex partial seizure. This is a seizure that begins in one part of the brain and then spreads to other regions of the brain. Other types of seizures are primary generalized seizures, which include absence epilepsy (blanking out for short periods of time) and myoclonic jerks – sudden involuntary muscle movements.

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Source: Barbara Phillips, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Arshi Naz, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute