Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1% to 2% of the population.
The people affected have recurring and spontaneous seizures. There are different types of seizures but they are always due to bursts of electrical activity in the brain. These bursts are caused by a chemical imbalance responsible for the transmission of impulses.
The cause of epilepsy can be due to severe head injury, strokes, birth trauma, brain tumours, toxins, brain infection, brain diseases, genetic condition or drug abuse. In many cases the cause is unknown.
Epilepsy is what people with the condition have; it does not define who they are. Epilepsy is only a small part of their life.