What is a Seizure?

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Seizures and epilepsy are not the same. A seizure is an event – a disruption of the normal electrochemical activity of the brain – and epilepsy is a disease of the brain characterised by the tendency to have recurrent seizures.

There are many different types of ‘epilepsies’ and people’s experiences differ greatly.

Under certain circumstances, anyone can have a seizure and not all seizures are diagnosed as epilepsy.

When people have an epilepsy syndrome that is age-dependent and grows past the relevant age, or if someone has been seizure-free for 10 years, with no antiepileptic medication for 5 years, their epilepsy is considered “resolved”.