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About Epilepsy


Basic facts and statistics about epilepsy

The Truth About Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy can affect anyone, at any age, at any time.
  • Epilepsy is not a disease, a form of mental illness, or a sign of low intelligence.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • In 60% of cases, the cause of epilepsy is unknown. Head trauma, infections, or a neurological disorder can be involved. Sometimes, heredity also plays a role.

Anyone with a brain can have a seizure.

The Truth About Seizures

Advocates at the capitol

1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime

The Impact of Epilepsy

  • 3.4 million Americans are living with epilepsy.
    [Zack MM, Kobau R. National and state estimates of the numbers of adults and children with active epilepsy — United States, 2015. MMWR. 2017;66:821–825.]
  • 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
    [Institute of Medicine (US). Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies; England MJ, Liverman CT, Schultz AM, Strawbridge LM, Epilepsy across the spectrum: Promoting health and understanding. Washington: National Academies Press; 2012.]
  • 50 million people worldwide are living with epilepsy.
    [Epilepsy: a public health imperative. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019.]