Epilepsy is the most serious neurological condition and can affect anyone at any age. The most prevalent time of onset is over 65 years old and under 21.
Epilepsy has predominently a genetic cause or it can be secondary to brain trauma or conditions including infections, metabolic problems, stroke or severe learning disabilities.
Seizures are a sign that there is a problem with the brain cells at a particular time. They are classified depending on where the abnormal neuronal activity comes from, they can be Focal (a part of the brain ) or Generalised (both hemispheres).
It is important to be seen by an Epilepsy specialist for the diagnosis, and onward support from the nurse specialist, GP and pharmacist. A yearly review is recomended.
Always go prepared to clinic, with questions and clear descriptions of your seizures, a video will help too.
First aid for a convulsive seizure : click here for tutorial video courtesy of Red cross (actors involved in the video only)
For printable information sheets about all aspect of epilepsy please click on the charity information resources below.