What Happens After Having a Seizure?

When a seizure ends, the individual enters the recovery phase, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. While some people experience recovery immediately, others take several minutes or hours to return to their normal selves.

During the recovery phase, the individual is sometimes confused and sleepy. He may have memory loss or difficulty talking. Many patients feel sad or depressed after a seizure. Others are embarrassed scared or anxious, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.

The body also goes through physical changes because of the seizure. The Epilepsy Foundation indicates some people have bruising from hitting hard objects during the seizure. The individual may have a sudden urge to go to the bathroom, or he may feel nauseous or have a headache.

After a seizure, caregivers can help by loosening any tight clothing and observing the individual for difficulty in breathing, according to WebMD. The caregiver can also help to turn the person on his side so that he is more relaxed and provide a safe place for him to rest. People who have had a seizure should not receive food or water until they are fully awake. Because the victim is often confused, the caregiver should remain with him until he is fully awake and aware of his surroundings. Victims should not drive after a seizure until a doctor gives a release for such activity.