Nothing probably causes more confusion than my absence seizures. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, “Absence seizures (e.g. a seizure common to petit mal epilepsy) are lapses of awareness, sometimes with staring, that begin and end abruptly, lasting only a few seconds. There is no warning and no after-effect…Absence seizures are characterized by a brief impairment of consciousness, which usually lasts no more than a few seconds. The seizure is usually associated with some degree of altered awareness.”
From what I have been told, my absence seizures consist mainly of staring. I don’t know for sure because I am not conscious of it happening. The absence seizure only happens for a second or so, but people think I’m staring at them. Fortunately they are very short so I don’t miss too much of what is going on around me. If they start coming more often, I am stressed or was sleep deprived and more serious seizures could be on the way.
I implemented a plan to help control stress. I started doing stress-reducing activities to try and control the staring. I went to the beach on many occasions. I also am trying meditation and yoga.