Seizures and Epilepsy

Seizure disorder is a general term used to describe any condition wherever seizures are a symptom. Seizures are characterized by abnormal electrical activity within the brain that affects physical and mental functioning. There are 2 main kinds of seizures: generalized and partial. Generalized seizures involve the whole brain, whereas partial or focal seizures begin in one area of the brain.

Epilepsy is outlined as a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency to suffer repeated seizures. Seizures will occur at any time, and sometimes all at once. In most people, seizures are often controlled with treatment and will go away entirely, in others, seizures continue despite treatment and may last a lifetime.