Dr. Oz: Seizure Myths & What To Do

When a person is having a seizure, you may only have thirty seconds to react. A seizure is one of the most terrifying things to go through… so Dr. Oz gave us the do’s and dont’s of seizures, are you prepared for if a friend or family member has a seizure?

Lisa, lucky seat 125, was Dr. Oz’s helper for talking about what a seizure is and what we should do if someone has a seizure. 

What is a Seizure?

Your brain has bits of electricity that firs off in neurons.  If they all start firing together at the same time, then its like getting a short circuit in your brain.  Your brain doesn’t know what to do, so your whole body starts shaking.

Phases of a Seizure:

There a several phases of a seizure that are important for identifying when a person is about to have a seizure.

Phase 1: Petit Mal Seizure –

During the petit mal seizure phase, the person will be looking off into space and staring at nothing, it kind of looks like they are day dreaming.

Phase 2: Complex Seizure-

During the complex seizure phase, the person will get up and start walking around a little.  Make sure you help to steer them away from danger (stairs, traffic, etc.).  Don’t try to stop them, because they can’t stop and don’t get them food or water.  Try to remain calm during the whole process.

Phase 3: Grand Mal Seizure

The final phase of the seizure is where the person ends up down on the ground and is shaking uncontrollably.  It is crucial that you move away tables or chairs so that they don’t hurt themselves.  Put their head on the side so that they won’t choke on their vomit or anything that comes up.  And as long as it takes less than 5 minutes, you don’t have to call 911… it should stop on its own.  As soon as the person having the seizure stops, let them rest a few minutes and then take them to the doctor to see what caused the seizure.

Top Seizure Myths:

1.  Put your fingers in their mouth –

FALSE, this can result in them breaking your finger or you breaking their jaw.

2.  They will choke on their tongue –

FALSE, the tongue naturally gets out of the way.

3.  You should call 911 –

FALSE, as long as they get better in under 5 minutes, there is no need to call 911.


  1. gerald says

    I dont watch tv. But i do occasionally,when i do i watch fox. Everytime i see your show, they only seem to be about overweight people. I looked on a dr.oz website and i found that you had one show about Epilepsy. Why dont you find a cure for that 95% of Epileptics having seizures isnt their fault! All anti convulsants do is have bad si

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