Epilepsy

Disability/Illness Description:

Epilepsy (the susceptibility to recurring seizures) is a complicated neurological disorder produced by sudden brief changes in the electrical function of the brain. In epilepsy, the pattern of nerve cell (neuron) activity is disrupted. When nerve cells are not working properly, a person’s consciousness, movements or actions may be altered for a short time. These physical changes are seizures.

Associations/Groups:

American Epilepsy Society (AES)
Information for patients and families, professionals and groups
312-883-3800
Email: Info@aesnet.org

Epilepsy Foundation of America
information about types of seizures, diagnosis, treatment, support groups
8301 Professional Place East, Suite 200
Landover, MD 20785
800-332-1000
Spanish Speakers Only: 1-866-748-8008
Email: ContactUs@efa.org
24 Hour Help

Epilepsy Foundation New England
Resources in New England
335 Main Street #8
Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887
617-506-6042
888-576-9996

Other Information:

Epilepsy – US National Library of Medicine

Seizure First Aid

Epilepsy Information Page – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

Fact Sheet last updated on: 1/18/2017