What is Epilepsy?
- Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures.
- Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000& people in the UK. This means that almost one in every 100 people has the condition.
- Epilepsy can start at any age, but it most often begins during childhood.
- Epilepsy is most often diagnosed after more than one seizure. This is because many people have a one-off epileptic seizure during their lifetime.
- The most important information needed to make a diagnosis is a description of the seizures from the person affected and someone who witnessed the event. Tests may also be carried out to help determine which areas of the brain are affected and look for a potential cause.
How to Manage Epilepsy
- For most people with epilepsy, treatment with medications called anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) is recommended. These medications cannot cure epilepsy, but they are often very effective in controlling seizures.
- It can take some time to find the right type and correct dose of AED before your seizures can be controlled.
- While epilepsy is different for everyone, there are some general rules that can make living with the condition easier.
- It's important to stay healthy through regular exercise, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and avoiding excessive drinking.