Seizures and epilepsy can be hard to diagnose. Many other disorders cause changes in behavior that can look like epilepsy. There are also many different types of seizures and epilepsy syndromes.

Before starting treatment, it’s important to make sure that a person does, in fact, have epilepsy. It is also important to know what kind of epilepsy they have. If the diagnosis is wrong, the treatment won’t work!

Knowing what happens during your seizures is one of the most important pieces of information. Since seizures rarely happen in a doctor's office, it’s important for you and anyone who has seen you have a seizure to tell the doctor exactly what happened.

Doctors also use tests to figure out if you have epilepsy. The tests help them learn more about what’s happening in your brain, if the seizures are epilepsy seizures, what is causing them, and where in the brain seizures start.

Find out more about diagnosing seizures and epilepsy.

Authored By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven MD
Monday, October 27, 2014