Absence Seizure - also known as petit mal - involves a brief, sudden lapse of consciousness. Absence seizures are more common in children than adults. Someone having an absence seizure may look like he or she is staring into space for a few seconds. The person is unaware of what is going on during seizure and quickly returns to full awareness once seizure stops. Seizure happens when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain with too many brain cells sending signals all at the same time. The signals get muddled, and the body doesn’t know which ‘messages’ to obey.
Click on the video above to see example of an absence seizure.