Epilepsy: What Is It?

Introduction to Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disease that affects the nervous system. Epilepsy causes seizures or convulsions. If someone has a single seizure this does not necessarily mean you do or don’t have Epilepsy. If a person has two or more seizures they should be brought to the doctor and checked for Epilepsy. This is important to know about because if Epilepsy is not treated, they can get brain damage or possibly die.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder that affects the messages to the brain. A person with Epilepsy doesn't have a normal brain pattern so when messages are sent to your brain they can be intercepted from electrical charges from the body. Because the messages don’t reach the brain you can get a seizure. A seizure are quick forceful movements of a person’s body. If someone is hit by someone with a seizure they can be hurt. There is no definite cure for Epilepsy but there is a medication to help maintain a person's seizures.

Is Epilepsy Contagious?

Epilepsy is a non-communicable disorder meaning that unlike the Flu it does not spread by contact. Although there is no proof that Epilepsy is most likely spread through genes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cure for Epilepsy?

There is not a cure but scientists and doctors are working on creating one.

Is Epilepsy Contagious?

Epilepsy is a not communicable disorder.

How do you get Epilepsy?

Doctors do not know the main cause of Epilepsy but it is most likely from genetics.

How do you know if you have Epilepsy?

There are many ways to figure out if you have Epilepsy but one way is if you have 2 or more seizures you should go see a doctor and have them tell you. If you have a single seizure that does not mean you do or don't have Epilepsy.