What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition that causes you to have seizures, also called fits. This is because of a sudden burst of electrical activity in your brain that makes your body behave strangely.

Everyone’s seizures are different. Some people feel like they’re in a trance. Others lose consciousness and shake uncontrollably.

There are three types of epilepsy. The type you have depends on what’s caused it.

Symptomatic epilepsy is caused by damage or disruption to the brain.

Cryptogenic epilepsy means there’s no evidence of brain damage, but other symptoms like learning difficulties suggest there is some damage.

Idiopathic epilepsy means there’s no obvious cause for your epilepsy.

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