Understanding terminology

Read our articles on epileptic seizures, auras and photosensitive epilepsy to enable your understanding of terminology associated with epileptic conditions.

What a seizure looks like

On National Epilepsy Day, we take a look inside the brain to see what happens when a seizure occurs.

Photosensitive epilepsy

You have photosensitive epilepsy if your seizures are triggered by exposure to flashing or flickering light.

The aura: an early warning sign

"For me, it was a smell of bananas. When I smelt that, I'd just sit down wherever I was before the blackness came." – Vusi Mahlasela

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