Epilepsy is many things. Most people, when they hear the word, have just one picture in their mind - the 'tonic-clonic' seizure where the person with epilepsy falls to the floor convulsing. Not all epileptic seizures are like this but the tonic-clonic seizure is often used in TV dramas because it's dramatic in itself and 'useful' because it requires no dialogue to explain it. An epileptic seizure is the result of a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain. This causes the brain's messages to become temporarily halted or mixed up. There are more than 40 different types of seizure, ranging from brief absent moments, to episodes of losing consciousness, falling to the floor and convulsing. Epilepsy can start at any age and for many different reasons. Sometimes a cause can be found and sometimes it will always remain a mystery. Causes of epilepsy include: . Head injuries . Difficulties at birth . Childhood infections. Epilepsy can be difficult to diagnose and there are a ... Written by
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