Epilepsy and Seizures

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

What is a seizure?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses what happens in the brain during and after a seizure. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A seizure is an individual event that happens to someone when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It usually lasts up to three minutes. After a seizure, a person is confused for a little while before returning to normal.

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