17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

1. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, which are basically like electric storms in your brain.

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, which are basically like electric storms in your brain.

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Epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder, is a disorder of the brain that causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Those seizures are caused by surges of electrical activity in the brain, often compared to an electric storm.

In most cases, the cause of epilepsy is unknown. “Our challenge now is to understand the genetic architecture underlying each individual epilepsy,” Dr. Ley Sander, medical director at the Epilepsy Society in the U.K. and professor of neurology at University College London, told BuzzFeed. “We are also trying to understand why some people will respond well to a certain drug while others won’t.”

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