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A seizure is caused by the disruption of the brain’s electrical activity which leads to temporary brain dysfunction. Often times it is caused by metabolic changes or high fever however it doesn’t mean that if you had experienced one episode of seizure you already have epilepsy. Usually, a person needs to experience several seizure attacks before there is a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Not all people who have experienced any seizures go through the same symptoms. While some may have unusual sensations just before a seizure starts, others will only experience shaking or loss of consciousness or simply just unaware of what is happening.

In order for the brain to function properly, it needs to have an orderly, organized and coordinated discharge of electrical impulses. These electrical impulses allow the brain to communicate with the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and to the rest of the body. When these impulses are disrupted it will lead to a seizure.

Types of Seizures


This type of seizure has no trigger or totally attacks unprovoked and often occurs repeatedly. This type is considered a seizure disorder. The cause of seizure disorder is often idiopathic in nature. However, it can be a complication of primary medical disorders such as strokes or structural abnormalities. When this happens the seizure is now called symptomatic epilepsy.


Often caused by another condition or a reversible disorder, nonepileptic seizures are often triggered. Some condition such as an infection or a reaction to a drug it can irritate the brain. In children, fever is the main cause of nonepileptic seizure also called a febrile seizure.
Some mental disorders can also cause symptoms that resemble seizures, called psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.


The cause of a seizure will depend on each individual and when it started.

In children before age 2

High fever is often the cause of seizures in children below age 2. It the seizure occurs without fever or any cause, it is likely due to an injury during birth, a birth defect or a hereditary brain disorder.

2 to early teens

Often the cause is unknown or idiopathic in nature.


In adults, the common cause can be a stroke, an injury to the head or tumor in the brain. Alcohol withdrawal can also cause seizures

Older adults

A seizure can be caused by a brain tumor or stroke or any disorder that can cause brain irritations, sleep deprivation infections and fever are some of the culprits for having seizures.
Furthermore, people who are diagnosed to have seizure disorder will have more episodes when under excessive emotional or physical stress.

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If you think you are suffering from Seizure Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Seizure Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).