Some things make seizures more likely for some people with epilepsy. These are called ‘triggers’. Triggers do not cause epilepsy itself, but they are things that make it more likely for a seizure to occur.
Not all people with epilepsy have seizure triggers. And, the things that trigger one person’s seizures might not affect other people with epilepsy in the same way.
It is important to be aware of these events which happen around seizures in order to identify triggers and manage the person’s epilepsy.
Seizure triggers are events, physical states, feelings or objects that occur just before a seizure; triggers lower the seizure threshold, making it more likely that a seizure will occur.
The seizure triggers featured in this resource are not an exhaustive list. Please contact Epilepsy Queensland’s services team for more information and support with other seizure triggers.
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