True or FALSE
1 Epilepsy is a common condition that affects the brain and causes frequent seizures.
2 True False The condition can begin at any age, but usually starts in childhood.
3 True False Seizures – or fits – are the only known symptom of epilepsy.
4 True False Treatments include drugs, while a ketogenic diet (a diet very low in carbs) has been known to help ease symptoms.
1 True The seizures are bursts of electrical activity in the brain that temporarily affect how it works.
2 True It is also common for the condition to develop in over-60s.
3 FALSE Other symptoms include losing awareness, becoming stiff, and strange sensations such as a ‘rising’ feeling in the tummy.
4 True In some cases, you may have surgery to remove a small part of the brain causing seizures, or a small electrical device can be inserted inside the body to control symptoms.