The second comment is untrue, petit mal seizures are less severe but school age children can have upwards of 100 petit mal seizures a day. Petit mal seizures usually last less than 10 seconds, and are noted for making the patient dizzy, light headed, and confused. The patient may also exhibit a blank or empty stare. The patient does not lose consciousness. Most of the time no one but the patient knows they had a seizure. Grand mal or tonic-clonic seizures have 2 phases, these two phases usually begin with an "aura" and end with the postictal phase. The two phases of grand mal seizures are the tonic and clonic phase. Tonic phase- the patient loses consciousness and their skeletal muscles tense causing them to fall to the ground. This is the shorter phase of the 2 and can last up to 20 seconds. Clonic phase- the patient will begin to convulse. this phase can last up to 5 minutes.