November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder resulting in unusual neuronal activity in the brain. It is the 4th most common neurological disorder and every year 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with a CNS disorder causing seizures.
- The CDC estimates that about 1.2% of the US population, or 3.4 million people, has active epilepsy and over 65 million people globally.
- 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy during their lifetime
- Epilepsy can begin at any point in an individuals life
- 50 to 60% of children with seizures will eventually grow out of them
Epilepsy effects many of us at some point in our lives, either because we experience it personally or a member of our family is impacted by it.
In 2017, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) revised the classification of seizures into three primary groups, based upon 3 key features:
- Where the seizure begins in the brain
- The level of awareness during a seizure
- Other features like motor skills and auras
The three seizure types include: focal onset, generalized and unknown onset