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.
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 20 types of seizures. More than 2.5 million people in the US and 40 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.
Anyone can develop epilepsy at any time. Current statistics show that 20% of cases begin between birth and age 5, 30% between ages 5 and 25, and 50% in middle and late adulthood.
In about 70 percent of cases there is no known cause. Where a reason for the onset of seizures can be identified, the most frequent causes include:
The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County works to improve the quality of life for those with seizure disorders.
Our free services include:
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.