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Epilepsy is a disease affecting people from all walks of life and the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego is here to provide resources to best overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy.

A Brief Background of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a generic term for a variety of seizure disorders characterized by chronic recurring seizures. It is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying neurological disorder. A seizure is a disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain. Essentially brief temporary changes in the brain’s electrical system produce a sudden overload. This disturbance affects the brain’s normal functions and produces changes in a person’s movement, behavior or consciousness.

There are at least 30 types of seizures. More than 3.4 million people in the US and 50 million worldwide have some form of epilepsy. In San Diego County over 50,000 people have the condition. A large number of children and adults have undetected or untreated epilepsy.

One in every 10 Americans will have at least one seizure in their lives, though in most cases they do not actually develop epilepsy. Nonetheless about 150,000* cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every year.

Saturday, July 20, 2024: Join us at the Epilepsy Education Conference

The Epilepsy Education Conference: Epilepsy, Mental Health & Empowerment takes place on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Academy of Our Lady of Peace! Our annual summer event brings together San Diego’s top epilepsy experts and those who have lived experience to speak on timely topics for the epilepsy community, such as new research, emerging technologies and treatment options, making informed decisions about care and medication, advocating for oneself, fostering autonomy and overall well-being. Attendee registration is now open and partnership opportunities are available!

Uplifting Our Community: #MyEpilepsySDStory

The #MyEpilepsySDStory initiative provides a space for people impacted by epilepsy in San Diego to share their personal epilepsy journey and to see it alongside other stories from the community. Anyone who lives in San Diego County and is impacted by epilepsy is welcome to submit their story through our #MyEpilepsySDStory form.

Basic Epilepsy Resources

Age of Onset

The onset of epilepsy is most common in children and older adults, but the condition can occur at any age.


In about 50 percent of cases there is no known cause. Where a reason for the onset of seizures can be identified, the most frequent causes include:

  • Brain trauma
  • Brain lesions (e.g. tumors)
  • Brain infections (e.g. meningitis, encephalitis, measles)
  • Stroke (due to lack of oxygen to the brain)
  • Brain damage from prenatal or perinatal causes
  • Abnormal brain development
  • Some genetic conditions

The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County works to improve the quality of life for those impacted by epilepsy. Our free services include:

  • Monthly Support Groups (adults, teens, parents, caregivers, family & community members)
  • Monthly Wellness Workshops
    Individual, Couples & Family Counseling
  • Epilepsy Education, Awareness & Advocacy
  • Teens Speak Up! & Public Policy Institute
  • Project UPLIFT
  • Support Services
  • Resources and Referrals
  • Seizure First Aid Trainings
  • School Nurse Trainings
  • College Scholarships
  • Servicios y Programas de Apoyo en Español

Epilepsy affects people of all ages, races and ethnic groups.

It is the fourth most common neurological disorder.

million people

live with active epilepsy in the U.S.

San Diegans

live with epilepsy.

1 in 26


will be diagnosed with epilepsy.

1 in 10


will experience a seizure.

Our Programs
& Services

Our wide array of programs and services serve people living with epilepsy, families, friends and caregivers.

All of our programs and services are offered at no-cost.