Epilepsy Awareness-5 Facts about Epilepsy12:30 AM
- 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy. Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy. In two thirds of patients diagnosed, the cause is unknown.
- Epilepsy is a chronic noncummicable disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases globally.
- Epilepsy is not contagious and is not caused by mental illness or mental retardation. Sometimes severe seizures can cause brain damage. Epilepsy has many possible causes, from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development.
- While many forms of epilepsy require lifelong treatment to control the seizures, for some people the seizures eventually go away. The odds of becoming seizure-free are not as good for adults or for children with severe epilepsy syndromes, but it is possible that seizures can decrease over time.
- There are different types of epilepsy and seizures. Grand mal seizures are the ones you hear most commonly which are the most severe. Absence, myoclonic, clonic, tonic, and atonic are the other types of seizures.