What is Epilepsy?

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Epilepsy is a condition that affects the electrical activity in your brain. Bursts of electrical activity between brain cells (neurons) cause the seizures that happen in epilepsy.

Epilepsy can start at any age, but it is usually seen in children or people over the age of 60. Often it affects a person their whole life but, in some cases, gets slowly better with time.

About 60 million people in the world, over 500,000 people in the UK and nearly 40,000 people in Ireland have Epilepsy.

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Epilepsy and seizures

Epilepsy and Seizures

Seizures happen in different ways, depending on what part of the brain is affected

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Epilepsy Causes

What Causes Epilepsy?

It is unclear what causes epilepsy, but several factors are thought to have a role

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Diagnosing Epilepsy

Diagnosing Epilepsy

Diagnosing epilepsy can be complex, and requires ruling out other conditions

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