There are many different types of seizure. Some people with epilepsy have only one type of seizure, while others have two or more types. Everyone also experiences seizures differently.
The main types of seizure are:
Some people with epilepsy find that their seizures are triggered by specific things in their bodies or their environment.
About 4-7% of people with epilepsy have reflex epilepsy. This is when specific things trigger their seizures, such as seeing flashing lights, hearing music or hot water.3
But even if you don’t have reflex epilepsy, lots of people find that certain things make them more likely to have seizures.
Some of these things include:
- Epilepsy - Symptoms. nhs.uk. Published October 23, 2017. Accessed March 1, 2023. http://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/what-is-epilepsy
- Reflex epilepsy: triggers and management strategies - PMC. Accessed March 1, 2023. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5779309
Published: October 2022
Next review: October 2025
Reviewer: Mital Thakrar, Pharmacist
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