What Is Epilepsy?
The word 'epilepsy' is derived from the Greek word meaning 'to be seized, to be overwhelmed by surprise'.
To have epilepsy is to have a tendency to have recurring seizures. Anyone can have a seizure, if the brain is exposed to a strong enough stimulus. We know that about 1 in every 20 people will have a single seizure at some time during their lives.
Official figures received by Brainwave/Epilepsy Ireland support its estimation that there are 30,000 to 40,000 people with epilepsy in Ireland.
The significance of having a tendency to have seizures will vary from person to person, and will depend on many things; for most people, epilepsy, will only affect them for a short period in their lives. For some, however, the consequences can be more lasting.