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What is epilepsy?

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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that happens when certain nerve cells in your brain misfire. It causes seizures, which can affect your behavior or the way you see things around you for a short time.

There are about a dozen types of epilepsy, and the type you have plays a role in which kind of seizure you may have.

From: Types of Seizures and Their Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

CDC: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Symptoms and causes.”

University of Chicago Medicine: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on July 12, 2017

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

CDC: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Symptoms and causes.”

University of Chicago Medicine: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on July 12, 2017

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