Normal brain activity involves flow of electrical energy. When the energy flows in a controlled manner, you function well. When the brain cells malfunction and keep firing electrical signals, you experience an epileptic seizure. The energy surging through your brain causes the seizure. The electrical disturbance always begins in the brain, but may affect any part of your body.
Designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, MedStar Georgetown is home to D.C.'s first level-four epilepsy center—our doctors have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients who have complex epilepsy.
MedStar Georgetown epilepsy specialists have made it their life's work to study epilepsy and find innovative solutions and treatments. You are in excellent hands at MedStar Georgetown, and we will work with you to find the right combination of treatments that work for you.
Minor symptoms may include:
- Clouded awareness
- Difficulty communicating
- Symptoms that are more extensive may involve:
- Loss of consciousness
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
The severity of your symptoms depends on several factors, including where the disturbance is occurring in your brain and how long your seizure lasts. While most seizures last only a minute or two, you may experience lingering confusion afterwards.
In order for you to be diagnosed with epilepsy, you must have had at least two unprovoked seizures.