Temporal lobe seizures are a result of abnormal electrical activity in the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe
is located right above the ear and allows individuals to understand speech. It also plays a role in the personality, memory, and behavior of a person. Experiencing déjà vu (the illusion of already experiencing a first time event), a sudden sense of fear, memories, and hallucinations (seeing things that are not real) are a few symptoms of these seizures. Temporal lobe seizures can either be really mild or complex. In a mild seizure a person may not even know he/she is experiencing one. During a complex seizure one may become unresponsive, make repetitive motions with the hands and lips, or lose consciousness.
Experts do not know the exact cause of these seizures. They may be a result of scar tissue in the temporal lobe, head trauma, infections, injuries during birth or childhood, or high fever. An individual can either experience a single seizure or multiple ones, and the timing can range from two seconds to three minutes. There are many types of medications available to treat this condition. If medication does not work, then a surgery called temporal lobectomy may be an option. Talk with your doctor to decide which treatment option is best for you. Support groups are also good resources for support and information.