Focal aka Partial Seizures
Seizure eTraining Slide 11
Although partial seizures affect different physical, emotional, or sensory functions of the brain, they have some things in common:
- They don’t last long. Most last only a minute or two, although people may be confused and need a lot more time (2 to 30 minutes) afterwards to recover fully.
- They end naturally. Except in rare cases, the brain has its own way of bringing the seizure safely to an end after a minute or two.
- You can’t stop them. In an emergency, doctors may use drugs to bring a lengthy, non-stop seizure to an end. However, the average person should wait for the seizure to run its course and try to protect the person from harm while consciousness is clouded. People who have been shown how to use a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) magnet may try to stop a seizure in that way.
- They are not dangerous to others. The movements produced by a seizure are almost always too vague, too unorganized and too confused to threaten the safety of anyone else.