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Knowing your epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition in the brain.  Most people with epilepsy have Seizures. Seizures are also known as Fits.  There are many types of epilepsy and different types of seizures.  Your seizure type is important in:

  • Choosing the best medication or other treatment
  • Understanding risk 

Some people with epilepsy keep a diary or record of their seizures.  A record can help show up a pattern and help you avoid any unnecessary triggers to your seizures.

To help you look after yourself, it is important for you to:

  • ask your doctor what type of seizure(s) you have   
  • mention all the seizures you experience to your doctor
  • tell your doctor if your seizures have changed in number or type.

The advice you should receive will depend on your circumstances and the seizures you experience.  The answers will vary from person to person.  They depend on the following factors:

  • your age
  • your type of epilepsy
  • your type of seizure(s) and how often these happen
  • whether you have a warning 
  • when and where your seizures happen
  • whether you have other health problems
  • and what support is available to you.