Seizure triggers in epilepsy

Some people find that particular things make it more likely that they’ll have a seizure.

These ‘triggers’ aren’t the actual cause of the epilepsy. Even if you only ever have seizures in response to a trigger, something else has made your brain prone to firing off the clusters of messages that result in a seizure. In practice, though, triggers become a crucial issue for anyone whose epilepsy responds to them.

One ‘trigger’ is, quite simply, not taking medication that would otherwise control your seizures. In children, a high temperature can trigger seizures which may or may not be linked to epilepsy – and this trigger continues for some adults.

Missing meals and/or being hungry are sometimes triggers too.

Other triggers include:

Please click on the links to find out more about each type of trigger.