When you have a seizure with a loss of consciousness (unconsciousness), it is very obvious. When you are unconscious, you are not aware of what is going on and are not able to respond in your normal ways to things that happen to you.
Some types of seizures, such as partial or absence seizures, do not usually cause you to lose consciousness. The first few times you have partial or absence seizures, you (or a witness to the seizure) may assume that you are overly tired or stressed. When you have the same symptom again, you may realize that your symptom may be caused by a problem in your brain.
Seizure disorders are classified according to the area of the brain that is affected by the seizure. There are 2 main types of seizures.
Call your doctor to schedule a checkup if you have had symptoms that you think may be caused by seizures. Avoid activities (such as driving, operating machinery, climbing a ladder, or swimming) that may cause injury to yourself or others until you have been checked by your doctor.
Last Revised: August 25, 2011
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