When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally, which may briefly alter a person's consciousness, movements or actions.
Epilepsy strikes most often among the very young and the very old, although anyone can develop epilepsy at any age. In the U.S., it affects 2.2 million people including 300,000 children under the age of 15. While medications and other treatments help, about half will have seizures that severely limit school achievements, employment prospects and participation in life.
If you or a loved one has epilepsy, EPI can help. We offer epilepsy-specific programs, as well as many other individual and family supports that can assist a person with epilepsy in living the life of their choosing.