Generalized seizures, may be primary or secondarily generalized seizures. A primary generalized seizure is when abnormal electrical activity is widespread, rapidly affecting both sides of the brain at once. This typically will result in loss of consciousness and/or full body shaking or stiffening, though different types of generalized seizures also exist. Secondarily generalized seizures occur when abnormal electrical activity in one side of the brain (a partial seizure) later spreads to both sides of the brain. This has been known to happen in over 30% of people having partial seizures. A generalized seizure usually lasts for a few minutes in duration.
The best thing for anyone to do who is witnessing a seizure is to try remove any objects nearby that pose a risk for injury, and to monitor their breathing and pulse. Never try to hold down someone who is having an active seizure or to place objects in their mouth, as this can unintentionally cause injury.
Seizures that are prolonged require immediate medical attention. Seizures may be a sign of a serious underlying neurological issue. They may cause injury, pose safety risks, and have negative effects on mental and physical wellbeing. Seek out a medical professional if you may be suffering the symptoms of a seizure.
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