About epilepsy

Find out more about epilepsy, the symptoms, how to get a diagnosis, treatments and more.

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What is epilepsy?

Find out what can cause epilepsy and more about seizures.

What are seizures?

If you have epilepsy, it means you have a tendency to have epileptic seizures.

But what are epileptic seizures?

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Common seizure triggers

Some things make seizures more likely for some people with epilepsy.

These are often called ‘triggers’.

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How is epilepsy diagnosed?

Epilepsy can be difficult to diagnose.

This webpage looks at the process.

What are the treatments for epilepsy?

There are many different treatments for epilepsy. In most cases this will include epilepsy medicines.

In certain cases surgery or other forms of treatment may be considered.


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Download your guide to epilepsy

Your epilepsy

This brochure gives an overview of epilepsy, living with epilepsy and the support you can get from Epilepsy Action.

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Epilepsy syndromes

A syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that, added together, suggest a particular medical condition.

Epilepsy-related deaths

Epilepsy Action believes that it is very important for people with epilepsy and their families to be aware of the risks associated with epilepsy.

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Epilepsy action e-learning

Learn about epilepsy online now. Interactive courses for the general public, people with epilepsy, schools, care professionals and others.

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Call the Epilepsy Action helpline

If you would like to talk to someone about epilepsy, our trained advisers are here to help.

0808 800 5050
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Send a question to our trained epilepsy advisers. (We aim to reply within two working days).

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