There are both non-epileptic and epileptic seizures, sometimes referred to as a fit, is defined as a transient symptom of "abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain". So-called “grand mal” is seen as as dramatic a wild thrashing movement (tonic-clonic seizure) or “petit mal” as mild as a brief loss of awareness (absence seizure). It can manifest as an alteration in mental state, tonic or clonic movements, convulsions, and various other psychic symptoms
About 4% of people will have an unprovoked seizure by the age of 80 and the chance of experiencing a second seizure is between 30% and 50%. All types of seizures are very individual and require personal attention and management for optimal results. NEVER try to treat seizures on your own and NEVER interfere with someone in the throes of a ‘grand mal’ event.