Module 1: What is Epilepsy

Absence Seizures

Duration: 5 to 15 seconds

Area: Entire brain

Formerly known as ‘petite mal’ seizure.


  • Blank staring into space
  • Eyes rolling upwards or fluttering
  • No convulsions


May repeat many times throughout the day.

Student having a simple partial seizure. He looks to be deep in thought.

Focal Seizure with Retained Awareness

Young man having a seizure while crossing the street.

Focal Seizure with Impaired Awareness

Female student having an absence seizure. She looks unaware.

Absence Seizures

Hands holding head of person having a convulsion.

Tonic-Clonic Seizures

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