What is epilepsy
Approximately 3 million Americans have epilepsy.1 Epilepsy is a neurological condition that produces continuing seizures.2 A seizure is an abnormal movement or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain.2 If a person has two or more unprovoked seizures (meaning the seizures do not have an obvious cause) they are considered to have epilepsy.1 Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and have many symptoms, including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blank staring
- Lip smacking
- Jerking movements of arms and legs1
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1. Epilepsy Foundation. What is Epilepsy. Available at http://epilepsyfoundation.org/aboutepilepsy/whatisepilepsy/index.cfm. Accessed on Feb. 14, 2012.
2. WebMD. Epilepsy Health Center. Available at http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/understanding-seizures-and-epilepsy. Accessed Feb. 14, 2012.