ONE in every 100 Brits are affected by epilepsy – and over half a million people in the UK have been diagnosed.
Here’s everything you need to know about the common condition…
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a condition of the brain which can disrupt the electrical communication between neurons in the nervous system.
This often leads to seizures, a sudden event that can change a person’s awareness, behaviour or feeling.
The condition is typically diagnosed when a person has two or more unprovoked fits separated by at least 24 hours.
What causes epilepsy?
A number of different triggers can cause epilepsy.
These can be human factors, including sleep deprivation, alcohol or drug abuse or not eating well.
Stress, hormonal changes or the use of certain medications can also cause epilepsy.
Around three per cent of sufferers are triggered flashing bright lights or patterns, which is known as photosensitive epilepsy.