Epilepsy Facts and Statistics:9 Things You Should Know About Epilepsy

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. How many people in the U.S. have epilepsy?
    Epilepsy affects about 2.3 million adults in the United States.2
  4. 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
  5. How common is epilepsy?
    Epilepsy is the third most common brain disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s.3
  6. How many people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year?
    Approximately 200,000 people are newly diagnosed with seizure and epilepsy each year.3
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Do flashing lights cause seizures?
    Up to 5 percent of people with epilepsy will be affected by flashing lights.5

 
 
 

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