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‘Bumping into’ epileptic symptoms

We suggest watching the videos below, which show real people having a seizure, in order to better understand the nature of this major epileptic symptom and recall what you learned in previous steps.

The content of the videos might provoke emotional distress because of the reality of events. Don’t worry if you decide not to watch them. They are not essential to complete your learning of the disease. If you prefer not to watch the videos or if you do not have access to youtube, each video is preceded by a short description.

The first video shows an adult man having a tonic-clonic seizure with convulsions characterized by jerking of the limbs. He lies on the floor without consciousness and another person helps him to roll onto his side. When the person with epilepsy regains consciousness he is reassured. The seizure lasts almost one minute.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

In the second video an adult woman, has a tonic-clonic seizure on the sofa. She does not lose consciousness during the seizure but, instead, she loses it at the end of it. A man supports her during the seizure, removes her glasses, holds her head, makes her lie down on the sofa. When she stands up after the seizure she is still confused and unstable.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

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