Epilepsy: Facts, Statistics, and You

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by unusual nerve cell activity in the brain.

Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with this central nervous system disorder that causes seizures. Over a lifetime, 1 in 26 U.S. people will be diagnosed with the disease.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease after migraines, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

Seizures can cause a range of symptoms, from momentarily staring blankly to loss of awareness and uncontrollable twitching. Some seizures can be milder than others, but even minor seizures can be dangerous if they occur during activities like swimming or driving.

Here’s what you need to know:

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