Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures. Epileptic seizures are episodes that can vary from brief and nearly undetectable periods to long periods of vigorous shaking.
Epilepsy may cause not only seizures but also periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.
There are different types of epilepsy, and the type you have plays a role in which kind of seizure you may have. And seizure symptoms can vary widely.
However, the exact causes of epilepsy are unknown.
Fortunately, treatment with medications or sometimes surgery can control seizures for the majority of people with epilepsy. Some people require lifelong treatment to control seizures, but for others, the seizures eventually go away. Some children with epilepsy may outgrow the condition with age.
Keywords: epilepsy; epilepsy overview.