Seizure Facts and Myths

Epilepsy is described as the tendency to have repeated seizures that start in the brain.

Epilepsy is NOT a disease.

Epilepsy is ususally only diagnosed after the person has had more than one seizure.

Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the US after Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

Epilepsy is NOT a psychological disorder.

It is equal in prevalence to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined.

1 in 3 adults know someone with the disorder.

1 in 10 people will have or have had a seizure at some point in their lives.

Nearly 2 in 100 people are currently diagnosed with epilepsy/seizure disorder.

Anyone can have a seizure if the circumstances are right, but most people do not have seizures under ‘normal conditions’.

Deja Vu is a form of seizure.

Approximately 200,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occur each year.

The incidence of Epilepsy is highest under the age of 2 and over 65.

In 70 percent of new cases, no cause is found.

Males are slightly more likely to develop Epilepsy than females.

25,000 to 50,000 people will die of seizures and related causes each year in the U.S.


Sources:

1. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/about/statistics.cfm

2. http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/AboutEpilepsy/Whatisepilepsy/Epilepsy-didyouknow

3. http://www.purpleday.org/



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