Epilepsy: Making a Difference Today
In epilepsy, clusters of nerve cells suddenly signal abnormally, causing seizures and sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness. This brain disorder has many possible causes including genetic predisposition, illness, brain damage, or abnormal brain development. It most often appears either in early childhood or old age. Although many people with epilepsy lead normal lives, the risk of seizures limits their independence, especially for people with epilepsy who cannot get a driver's license. And children who experience the teasing, bullying, and ostracism associated with epilepsy often have behavioral and emotional problems.