To say a person has epilepsy simply means that a person has shown a tendency to have recurring seizures.
Therefore, when a person has a single seizure this does not necessarily mean that they have epilepsy.
It is estimated that approximately 50% of people who have one seizure go on to have more seizures.
For people at risk of recurring seizures, approximately 70% can expect seizure seizure control with medication
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that takes the form of recurring convulsive or non-convulsive seizures.
Epilepsy is not just one condition; rather it is a diverse family of disorders comprising many seizure types.
10% of the population are at risk of experiencing a seizure during their lifetime, while 3-4% will go on to be diagnosed with epilepsy.
There are seizures that are not epileptic such as those that result from diabetes, kinked blood vessels and a range of other health conditions.