Nonepileptic Seizures

Nonepileptic seizures are related to conditions which cause the brain signals to become disrupted. It may be drug induced, or drug withdrawal. Many times a high fever or a concussion can cause a seizure. Abnormal sugar levels or too much or too little sodium in the blood may also spark an episode.

If the seizure or seizures do not happen again once the underlying problem is corrected, the person does NOT have epilepsy and is considered a Nonepileptic seizure.

Epilepsy, on the other hand, is a brain disorder where the electrical signals in the brain become overly excited, causing repeated, spontaneous seizures without an immediate cause.

Nonepileptic seizures, like epileptic seizures, are caused when electrical signals in the brain become abnormally excited.

Uncontrolled body movement and possibly collapsing to the floor are the most obvious symptoms, but sometimes it is noticeable changes in the eyes or changes of their attention or behavior that are the only symptoms.

The type of seizure a person experiences depends on what part of the brain is affected and the underlying cause.

Epilepsy is the diagnosis when the reason for the seizures cannot be identified, or there are no other neurological problems present, but has epilepsy in their family. Epilepsy can affect people of any age. That being said, epileptic seizures usually start between the age of 5 and 20.

Remember the difference between epileptic seizures and nonepileptic seizures is the recurrence of the seizures. Anytime there is permanent damage to the electrical workings of the brain-it is epilepsy.

If you have had a head injury, permanent damage to the brain tissue can result in epilepsy.

Anytime it is a seizure caused by a condition, or is an isolated incident-it is a nonepileptic seizure.