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About Epilepsy

About the condition

It’s as common as diabetes and a medical condition like asthma, so why is so little known about epilepsy? With as many as one in 103 people affected, epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in the UK. Many of you reading this will have epilepsy yourselves, or will have family members, friends, work colleagues or neighbours who have epilepsy.


How to get diagnosed.

The first port of call is usually the GP who, if there is a suspicion of epilepsy, refers patients for the expert opinion of a hospital consultant. This specialist is likely to be a consultant neurologist but could be a consultant physician who may have a specialist interest in epilepsy.

If you think back to your first appointment, it is likely to have consisted of the specialist taking detailed notes of the events which have been happening, as described by either you or a reliable witness.

Glossary of Terms

If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed, then it can be confusing coming to terms with all the new words and phrases associated with epilepsy. MREA has put together a Glossary of Terms to help you to make sense.
You can refer back to the Glossary any time or download a copy for your convenience.

Medical Treatment

Drugs prescribed by doctors for the treatment of epilepsy do not offer a cure for the condition but a means for controlling seizures and do so for a lot of people.
Every effort will be made to use just one drug (Monotherapy) but quite often more than one drug has to be used (Polytherapy) to control the seizures.

Twitter feed

The science and research community are very active on Twitter, it’s a great way of interacting with our audience and keeping up to date with all the developments in the field.

Follow MREA and get all the latest news, events and information on epilepsy, collated from our followers and collaborators.


Epilepsy can effect woman in many ways, find out about contraception, fertility and pregnancy.

You should be aware that certain situations can increase your seizure frequency— read our list here.

Certain geometric patterns, flashing and flickering lights can provoke some people towards having seizures.