What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that has been documented and described since ancient times. Derived from the Greek word that means ‘attack,’ epilepsy is caused by abnormal signals of nerve cells and neurons in the brain.

Normally, electrochemical signals generated by the neurons in the brain affect other neurons, muscles, and glands all over the body. These electrochemical impulses are what produce our thoughts and actions. In an epileptic person, the normal pattern of electrochemical activity is disturbed. This causes a host of different reactions such as mood swings, erratic behavior, unusual sensations and convulsions. Seizures are a common occurrence in some cases of epilepsy and can happen occasionally or several times a day. Keep in mind that having a seizure does not automatically mean that you are epileptic. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy only when there have been a number of seizures over a particular period of time.

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