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One in 30 people in the UK develops epilepsy at some stage in their life. It most commonly starts in childhood and in people over 60. However, epilepsy can begin at any age. In general, seizures are well controlled by treatment in about four in 5 of cases.
A seizure is a short episode of symptoms caused by a burst of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Typically, a seizure lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. Older words for seizures include 'convulsions' and 'fits'.
Epilepsy Society is the UK’s leading provider of epilepsy services. Through our cutting edge research, awareness campaigns, information resources and expert care, we work for everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK.
In this section you can find out about the experience of epilepsy by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Our researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 41 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as symptoms, seizures, treatments and impact on lifestyle, family and work.
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, also known as fits. It affects more than 500,000 people in the UK. Epilepsy usually begins during childhood, although it can start at any age.
The Daisy Garland Charity is set up in the memory of a brave young lady whose epilepsy benefitted from this diet. This charity has been set up to support children and parents who have been diagnosed with drug resistant epilepsy
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