The main symptom of epilepsy is repeated seizures. These are sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain that temporarily affect how it works.
Epilepsy is a common condition where sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain cause seizures or fits.
There are lots of possible symptoms of epilepsy seizures, including uncontrollable shaking or losing awareness of things around you.
The main treatment for epilepsy is medicine to stop seizures.
It's often not clear what causes epilepsy. Sometimes it runs in families or is caused by damage to the brain from things like a severe head injury.
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