What is Epilepsy

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Understanding Epilepsy: Types, Triggers, and Brain Function

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is defined as a neurological condition characterised by a tendency for repeated seizures of primary cerebral origin. The term "epilepsy" comes from the Ancient Greek word meaning "to seize".

Diverse Nature of Epilepsy

Many people think of epilepsy as a single condition, but it is actually an umbrella term for a group of about 10-15 different types of epilepsy. Each type has distinct triggers and manifests in different ways. Every individual with epilepsy experiences their condition uniquely.

The Brain and Seizures

The brain, a key component of the Central Nervous System, is responsible for all bodily functions. It communicates with the body via nerves. Seizures occur when nerve signals are disrupted or too many signals are sent simultaneously. Let’s explore this further:

Disruptions in the Brain

During a seizure, disruptions in the brain cause the messages being sent to and from the brain to become halted or mixed. The experience of a seizure depends on the location of these disruptions within the brain.