About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder where the nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures.

Epilepsy Facts

  • The human brain is the source of human epilepsy.
  • People may experience anxiety, depression, or fear.
  • Most seizures end in seconds or a few minutes and will end on their own.
  • People may have seizures, staring spells, headache, sleepiness, or temporary paralysis after a seizure.
  • You cannot swallow your tongue during a seizure.
  • You can die from epilepsy.
  • The most common cause of death is or Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.
  • There are more than twice as many people with epilepsy in the US as the number of people with cerebral palsy (500,000), muscular dystrophy (250,000), multiple sclerosis (350,000), and cystic fibrosis (30,000) combined.
  • During and after a seizure, a person may have trouble moving or doing their usual activity.
  • About 22,000 to 42,000 deaths in the US each year occur from these seizure emergencies.
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How to Maintain Your Epilepsy

  • Seizures can be controlled with medicines for 2 out of 3 people.
  • If the first person remains calm, it will help others stay calm too.
  • Rescue breathing or CPR is generally not needed during these seizure-induced changes in a person’s breathing.
  • People over the age of 65 must eat healthy to avoid seizures.
  • If you don't sleep at night you have a better chance of getting a seizure.
By: Grace Ware

March 18, 2015

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