Epilepsy is a disorder caused by unusual nerve cell activity in the brain each year about 150000 americans are diagnosed with this central nervous system disorder that causes seizures one in . Discover the facts about epilepsy and seizures including that you cant swallow your tongue during a seizure. Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that causes seizures these seizures are not caused by a temporary underlying medical condition such as a high fever epilepsy can affect people in very different ways this is because there are many causes and many different kinds of seizures some people may . Epilepsy is a neurological condition which means it affects the brain it is also a physical condition because the body is affected when someone has a seizure epilepsy is described as the tendency to have repeated seizures that start in the brain epilepsy is usually only diagnosed after the person has had more than one seizure. 8 how often does epilepsy occur in the united states 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy or recurring seizures in their lifetime the incidence of epilepsy in the us population is between 355 71 100000 persons per year the prevalence of epilepsy in the us population is between 5 84 1000 persons per year or approximately 1 of the population
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