Fits or seizures

Fits or seizures


  • 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 two weeks?


Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible


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.