Epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder, is a neurological disorder in which the brain produces sudden bursts of electrical energy that interrupt other brain functions, causing a person to have repeated seizures over time.
Seizures, a symptom of epilepsy, are abnormal movements or behaviors that cause changes in attention or behavior. The physical changes are called epileptic seizures. A single seizure is not considered an epileptic seizure. Epileptic seizures usually take place between the ages of five and 20, but can occur at any age.
What causes Epilepsy?
The cause of epilepsy is unknown. However, in some cases, epilepsy can occur because of certain conditions including:
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- Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Birth injuries
- Brain tumor
- Brain trauma
- Family history of seizures or epilepsy
- Infectious diseases