Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which causes people to have recurrent seizures. A seizure is a brief disruption of electrical activity in the brain.
Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in children and the third most common neurological disorder in adults after Alzheimer's and stroke. The number of people suffering from epilepsy equals the number suffering from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinsonís disease combined.
Approximately 3 million Americans are affected by epilepsy, and approximately 200,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
It is estimated that one in 10 people will have a seizure at some point in their lives.