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Epilepsy

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Introduction
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, also known as fits.
Symptoms of epilepsy
The main symptoms of epilepsy are repeated seizures. There are many different types of seizure, depending on the area of brain that is affected.
Causes of epilepsy
In most cases of epilepsy, a cause cannot be found. If there is an identifiable cause, it usually involves some form of brain damage.
Diagnosing epilepsy
Epilepsy is usually difficult to diagnose quickly. In most cases, it cannot be confirmed until you have had more than one seizure.
Treating epilepsy
Epilepsy is most commonly treated with medication. Although this cannot cure the condition, it can prevent seizures.
Living with epilepsy
There are no rigid guidelines for living with epilepsy, as everyone's condition is different. However, there are some general points that can help.
'I can't remember my wedding day or the birth of my first child'
Mark was diagnosed with epilepsy six years ago. His memory has been severely affected, but in some ways his lifestyle has changed for the better.
'The day Richard Branson saved my life'
Virgin co-founder Nik Powell talks about living with epilepsy, including his experience of having seizures, taking medication and how his seizures stopped.
'We know each other’s epilepsy very well'
For Stephen and Denise Wottrich, epilepsy is a family affair. They have similar forms of epilepsy, and at its worst it can cause up to 10 seizures a day.
'Why I need a good night's sleep'
Paul Clark, a father of two from Essex, developed epilepsy in his thirties. He was surprised to discover the likely cause. Discovering I had epilepsy at the age
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