What is Epilepsy?
Seizures are the result of bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Experts do not know why or how this occurs, or what causes epilepsy. About half of epilepsy cases can be linked to cancer, stroke, a head injury, brain tumor, or some other injury to the brain.
Epilepsy is most often diagnosed in children, and in adults over 60 who are experiencing the effects of a stroke or the onset of dementia, but it can develop at any age. Epilepsy is unpredictable. It can get worse, or improve over with time fewer and fewer seizures. Some children outgrow epilepsy.
Many people experience multiple types of seizures. Seizures affect each person differently, but typically follow the same pattern every time they occur. Some people notice a strange smell or have a strange taste in their mouth during a seizure.