What Does a Mini Seizure Feel Like?

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Mini seizures feel like you are losing control.
Mini seizures feel like you are losing control. (Image: blue brain image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com)

People experience mini seizures differently. In general, during mini seizures people experience a lack of control, dream-like state, or loss of consciousness. Some people experience the feelings of dread or terrror; yet others lose so much control over their bodies that they fall and repeatedly hurt themselves.

Losing Control and Consciousness

People lose the ability to speak, stand, think and/or move during seizures. Your mind becomes blank and you often do not know you are having a seizure as it is occurring. Only afterwards do you realize that you had a seizure.

Dreams, Nightmares and Feelings

You can also have dreams and nightmares during seizures. Even though the seizures only last for a few seconds, you remember distinct dreams and feelings, but usually cannot articulate exactly what occurred in them. Negative feelings of fear or anxiety are also common.

Falling and Injury

You can also "freeze up" or collapse during a seizure. Depending on location, this can be very dangerous and injuries do occur. You often do not feel the pain of falling during the seizure, but do afterwards, when your brain begins functioning normally again.

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