25 Intriguing Facts About Epilepsy

Being the fourth common neurological disorder, you probably know someone who is lives with epilepsy. Characterized by recurrent seizures, epilepsy is treatable with modern medication.

Unfortunately, there is no cure, but the symptoms can be managed in a way that allows people to live their fullest lives relatively uninterrupted.

There is much and more we do not yet know about epilepsy, like what exactly causes it. Sometimes it is a singular disorder, while other times it is an effect of another illness.

There are even different types of seizures, and they can occur during different parts of the day. Piqued your curiosity? Read on for 25 Facts About Epilepsy.

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An umbrella term

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Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. It is a spectrum disease with a wide range of types of seizures.

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It's described as...

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Epilepsy is the tendency to experience repeated seizures that start in the brain. It is usually only diagnosed after the person has had more than one seizure.

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All of the lights

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Only about 3% of people with epilepsy will be affected by flashing lights, called photosensitive epilepsy.

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It's always the Greeks

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The Greek philosopher Hippocrates (460-377 BC) was the first person to think that the source of epilepsy was in the brain.

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Nocturnal and diurnal

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Some people experience seizures while they are awake, but it is also possible for people to have them while sleeping.



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