Fits or seizures

Fits or seizures

Facts

  • Fits (seizures) have a variety of causes, and most fits will not be due to a brain tumour.
  • Fits occurring for the first time should be viewed as a potentially serious symptom, and require further investigation of the cause.
  • A fit can be a brief moment when the person appears to be “absent” from what is going on around them, or jerking/twitching of a hand, arm or leg or jerking/twitching affecting the whole body. They may or may not become unconscious.

If you're a teenager and you experience a fit or seizure, always seek medical help. Fits can be due to a serious illness and any teenager having a first fit must be reviewed as soon as possible by a doctor.

Further information about fits and seizures in teenagers can be found at Epilepsy Society.

Feeling Worried?

Are the symptoms exhibited persistent e.g. lasting more than 2 weeks?

ONE SYMPTOM

Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible

TWO+ SYMPTOMS

Request an immediate consultant referral as soon as possible

If the symptoms or signs are sudden onset or severe, go to the emergency department or call 999.