Epilepsy Facts


Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological condition.

There are over 40 types of Epileptic seizures,
and a person may have more than one type.

600,000 or 1 in every 103 people in the
UK has Epilepsy

Epilepsy can affect anyone, at any age
from any walk of life.

Every day in the UK, 87 people are diagnosed with Epilepsy

Around 5 people in every hundred will have an epileptic seizure
at some time in their life. Out of these five people, four will go on to develop epilepsy.

Many people with Epilepsy are still discriminated against because
of ignorance of the condition.

Many people who develop epilepsy below the age of 20 will “grow out of it” in adult life.

Epilepsy is covered by the Equality Act in England, Scotland and Wales and the Disability Discrimination Act in Northern Ireland.

Only 52% of people with Epilepsy in the UK are seizure free.

It is estimated that 70 per cent could be seizure free with the right treatment.

People who are seizure free for one year can
re-apply for their driving licence.

Many people with epilepsy can take part in the same activities as everyone else, with the help of simple safety measures where appropriate.

These statistics are provided by Epilepsy Action