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”.