Approximately 1 of every 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Epilepsy is among the least understood of major chronic health conditions. But the Epilepsy Foundation of America, a proud member of Community Health Charities, is working to change that.
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It is also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. They can have many symptoms, from convulsions and loss of consciousness to some that are not always recognized as seizures (such as blank staring, lip smacking or jerking moments of arms and legs). Most people with epilepsy live a full life span, but there are potential factors associated with living with epilepsy and seizures that may increase the risk of injury or untimely death.