Epileptic here. 32YO.
Epilepsy can actually change a lot and the triggers can vary tremendously. Epilepsy is just a trigger-induced wire short-out of the brain, and depending on where the misfiring is, the conditions changes. it can also change and move over time. TV shows generally show every epileptic having traditional seizures, and usually some kind of medicine that kills it in moments, when in reality the meds are usually preventative, and skipping pills can cause delays hours or days later, and often just dont work well at all, or reduce the severity.
When i was born to the age of 2, i had traditional seizures, and they just when away at 3. for most of childhood i just had moments where i would zone-out and be fine, and when i was 13 or 14 i took a nasty fall and it came back. then for years i had partial-complex where i would be mid-sentance and just freeze up, like someone hit pause, and a minute later i had no idea where i was or how i got there, effectively wiping my memory back to when i last went to sleep. So to me i just woke up mid-day at my grandma’s house with no idea what happened. it never comes back. after years of medication the seizures stopped, came back as short bursts of left-size paralysis and seemed to be trigger by anxiety. then when i went to college it moved to the optic nerve.
Now when i have one, usually once a week in summer, once a month or so winter, i just have a migraine and suddenly go blind. takes about ten minutes to go from “something doesn’t look right…am i having one?” to 100 percent whiteout and a splitting headache. Epilepsy triggers and reactions can change with time, come and go in frequency and remission, and depending on the triggers and warnings, you can even drive, though i cant drive on highways because there’s no time to find an exit before going blind and i could be in really deep Shart.
triggers can be flashing lights, roller coasters, stress, bright lights, skipping meals, weather or seasons. For example, i always rode roller coasters without problems, and as long as i look away and dont stare at flashing lights, i’m fine, so there’s no “Surprize! Instant Seizure!” it’s like “Ugh, i cant stare at that any longer or i might have one.” and when it rains i am about 50/50 odds of having one at some point.
Epilepsy is just very random and very different for most people, and it’s far more common for Autistic people. A seizure can be just about anything, or triggered by anything, in fact one of my big guarantee triggers is chocolate. what the crap, right?
i just get tired of the overused media stereotype that if you’re epileptic, you cant drive, you cant live alone, you;re basically 3 flashlight clicks away from swallowing your tongue and losing your bowels. it’s just such a wide spectrum with lots of variation you never see in pop culture.