- Can seizures from epilepsy be controlled?
Sixty percent of people who develop seizures can easily control them with medication, or they find that they go away. Twenty-five percent develop seizures that are difficult to control and may require lifelong treatment.1
- Do seizures cause permanent damage?
Most tonic-clonic seizures lasting less than 5 to 10 minutes are not known to cause brain damage or injury.1
- How many people in the U.S. have epilepsy?
Epilepsy affects about 2.3 million adults in the United States.2
- What is the economic impact of epilepsy in the U.S.?
Epilepsy costs the United States $15.5 billion in direct and indirect medical bills and lost or reduced job productivity and earnings.2
- How common is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is the third most common brain disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s.3
- How many people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year?
Approximately 200,000 people are newly diagnosed with seizure and epilepsy each year.3
- Do epilepsy rates vary by age?
Epilepsy tends to develop most often among the very young and the very old. More than 570,000 adults over age 65 have epilepsy.4
- Can you have an epileptic seizure without having epilepsy?
One in 20 people will have a one-off epileptic seizure in their lifetime. This does not necessarily mean that they have epilepsy.5
- Do flashing lights cause seizures?
Up to 5 percent of people with epilepsy will be affected by flashing lights.5