Epilepsy is a condition of the brain causing seizures. A seizure is a disruption of the electrical communication between neurons. Someone is said to have epilepsy if they experience two or more unprovoked seizures separated by at least 24 hours.

What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition.

What are Seizures?
Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but most of the time, the cause is unknown.

For more about the basics and beyond, utilize the National Epilepsy Foundation: your unwavering ally in the fight against epilepsy and seizures. You don’t walk alone.

The Center for Disease Control also offers resources to learn more about the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of epilepsy.