What is Epilepsy?

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Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures, affecting a variety of mental and physical functions, also referred to as a generalized seizure disorder. When a person experiences two or more unprovoked seizures separated by at least 24 hours, they qualify as having epilepsy.

A seizure occurs when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. Current statistics indicate that 1 in 10 adults will experience some type of seizure during his or her lifetime.

Seizure duration can vary from a few seconds to a few minutes, and manifest in a variety of ways: convulsions (sometimes leading to a loss of consciousness), repeatedly staring into “nothingness”, lip smacking, and jerking movements of arms and legs.