Epilepsy is a neurological condition, where a person has two or more spontaneous seizures. A seizure is a sudden involuntary surge of electrical activity in the brain that alters how a person feels, acts or thinks for a relatively brief time. The orderly communication between nerve cells becomes scrambled and our thoughts, feelings or movements become momentarily confused or uncontrolled. Seizures come in many forms that are influenced by where the misfiring of electrical impulses occurs and spreads in the complex brain.
Epilepsy affects about 1% to 2% of the world population. About 10% of the total population will have a seizure at some time in their lives. Epilepsy impacts upon the lives of people in both the biological consequences of seizures that alter how a person behaves and the social stigma that changes how a person is perceived and treated.
Please see the video clips below from Epilepsy.com to gain a better understanding of epilepsy.
Epilepsy #1: Understanding Epilepsy
Epilepsy #2: Types Of Seizures
Epilepsy #3: Understanding Partial Seizures
Epilepsy #4: Understanding Generalised Seizures
Epilepsy #5: What Causes Seizures?
Epilepsy #6: Diagnosing Epilepsy
Epilepsy #7: Ten Truths About Epilepsy
Epilepsy #8: Epilepsy Through The Ages