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Epilepsy Awareness Month


Living with epilepsy can be challenging. There are more than 3.4 million people in the U.S. who live with epilepsy, and it’s the fourth most common neurological disorder in the world. Yet most people don’t really understand what it is or how it can impact your life. Epilepsy creates surges of electrical activity in your brain that can cause recurring, unprovoked seizures. Not all seizures are the result of epilepsy, but anyone diagnosed with epilepsy has had two or more seizures, or one seizure that has put them at high risk for additional ones.

National Epilepsy Awareness Month was created to highlight the challenges that people living with epilepsy may face. One in ten people will have a seizure and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. There are 470,000 children in the U.S. living with epilepsy. Epilepsy receives 10 times less funding than other brain disorders, yet it can impact how you learn, where and how you can work, how you interact with others, and how you feel about yourself.