What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain. When someone has epilepsy it means they have a tendency to have seizures. 

Epilepsy can start at any stage and there are many different types. Some types of epilepsy last for a limited time and others can be a life-long condition. 


What are seizures? 

A seizure takes place when there is a sudden surge in electrical activity. This causes a temporary disruption in how the brain normally works and results in a seizure. 

There are different types of seizures and depending on what area of the brain is affected the symptoms are different. During some types of seizures the person may remain alert and aware of what’s going on around them and with other types they may lose awareness. 

The main causes of epilepsy

Possible reasons for epilepsy include: 

How is epilepsy treated? 

The main treatment for epilepsy is medication as well a diet and sometimes surgery. 

For more information on epilepsy visit: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/what-is-epilepsy