What is Epilepsy?

One in fifty people have epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1% to 2% of the population.

The people affected have recurring and spontaneous seizures. There are different types of seizures but they are always due to bursts of electrical activity in the brain. These bursts are caused by a chemical imbalance responsible for the transmission of impulses.

The cause of epilepsy can be due to severe head injury, strokes, birth trauma, brain tumours, toxins, brain infection, brain diseases, genetic condition or drug abuse. In many cases the cause is unknown.

Epilepsy is what people with the condition have; it does not define who they are. Epilepsy is only a small part of their life.

Epilepsy New Zealand provides support for those with the condition and awareness for those around them. Trained Epilepsy Educators offer support and epilepsy education to people with epilepsy, their families and whanau.

“See the person, not the condition” 

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