Approximately 2.3 million Americans have epilepsy. One of every 10 Americans experiences seizures at some point, yet many people don't know what to do when they see a person in distress. The proper response is to cushion the head, roll the person on his or her side and call for help if the seizure lasts more than five minutes or if the person is not known to have a seizure disorder. Never physically restrain or place objects in the mouth of a person having a seizure. In a nationwide survey, 15 percent of people with epilepsy said they had been injured because someone did the wrong thing while trying to help.