What is Epilepsy?

One of the main reasons we are able to enjoy the adventure lifestyle is because the people around us learn about epilepsy.  But what is epilepsy? 

At its simplest level, epilepsy is a condition that makes a person more likely to have seizures. The brain is a network of constant electrical activity, and seizures happen when there is an intense surge of this activity. There are many different types of seizure (six different categories of them, in fact) depending on which part of the brain is affected. A seizure can cause strange sensations, movements that can’t be controlled, a loss of conscious and shaking. Whilst most people will be familiar with the drop-to-the-floor-and-shake seizure (called a tonic-clonic) other seizures can cause absences (when a person will lose time and be unresponsive) or physical loss of control.

There is no cure for epilepsy, but there are many treatments that help stop seizures. The type of treatment (and whether it is effective) depends on the types of seizure and the cause.

What Do I Do if Someone Has a Seizure?

Around 60 million people in the world live with epilepsy, and around 87 people are diagnosed every day. But seizures can also occur in someone without epilepsy (about 1 in 20 people will experience a one-off seizure at some point in their life). To help you if you ever see someone having a seizure, we’ve made this infographic for seizure first aid. Please feel free to share this with friends, family and on social media, and  spread epilepsy awareness.

What to do if someone has a seizure infographic SYA
Seizure First Aid Infographic Mobile

What's it Like to Have Epilepsy?

Life Elektrik has put together a useful Q&A video series. As we’ve often found that questions from real people, answered by real people always help clear things up, we suggest having a watch of the first video below, and head to the Life Elektrik YouTube page for more videos explaining what it can be like to live with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Charities and Epilepsy Blogs

If you would like to learn more about epilepsy, there are some great resources out there. For great for up-to-date information and an expert’s advice, these are some of the most prominent charities:

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Society

Epilepsy Research

Epilepsy Foundation of America

CURE

And if you would like to read about what it’s like living with epilepsy day-to-day, these blogs are pretty good places to start:

The Epileptic Man

Life Elektrik

Living Well With Epilepsy