Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain which produces recurrent, unprovoked seizures.Persons may have more than one type of seizure as well as other neurological problems.

The seizure is caused by an electrical event within the brain. Where the electrical event takes place within the brain, how it spreads and how long it lasts determine the character of the seizure.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are approximately 50 million people suffering this illness in the world. Almost 80% of patients come from developing regions.

The Spanish Society of Neurology has numbered in 400.000 the people in Spain who nowadays suffer epilepsy. Spain ranks high in the list of those affected among western countries.

In order to diagnose a person with epilepsy, he or she must have at least 2 unprovoked seizures (not caused by a known and reversible medical condition like low blood sugar or intoxication with some drugs). A provoked seizure is not epilepsy.

More information: International Bureau for Epilepsy

Epileptic seizures

Type of seizures and protocols to be followed when facing an epileptic seizure

Causes and symptoms

What causes epilepsy? How does it appear?

How is it diagnosed?

A precise diagnosis about the type of crisis will allow us to determine the epileptic syndrome and choose the best treatment

Myths and legends

Learn more of the myths and international campaigns in favor of the awareness of this disease

Living with epilepsy

Learn more in first person about stories of people living with epilepsy or having been treated for this disease