Epilepsy Awareness Month

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

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy is a change in the normal brain activity that can result in various types of seizures which can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. These are not the type of seizures that are caused by a high fever (febrile seizures).

Epilepsy remains misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives, despite the staggering number of people affected.

Because anyone can develop epilepsy at any time, and the number of people it affects, everyone should know more about it.

Epilepsy Facts:

  • 1 in 26 people in the United States will have epilepsy at some point in their life.
  • 1 in 10 Americans will have a seizure.
  • 5.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy or a seizure disorder in the past.
  • 3.4 million American adults and children live with epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy costs the United States about $15.5 billion in healthcare and other expenses.
  • 60% of epilepsy cases have no known cause.
  • 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.
  • 30-40% will live with active seizures because available treatments do not work.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • Epilepsy is everywhere.
  • In 6 out of 10 people with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  • Epilepsy changes lives, impedes development, affects learning, causes accidents, and may result in early death.

Ways you can help

For more information, please consult your physician.