17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

5. Please remain with the person after they have a seizure to calm and reassure them.

Please remain with the person after they have a seizure to calm and reassure them.

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They will be very confused and disoriented (after my first seizure I believed I had been in a plane crash!), and usually surrounded by frightened faces. It is extremely helpful if you are direct and candid and explain what just happened, who and where you are, and try to give them as much privacy as possible.

And if a person has urinated (which can happen with some seizures), cover that up to help limit any embarrassment, suggests Sander. Because after reassuring us and making sure we’re safe, the best thing you can do is help us restore our dignity.

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