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Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which is defined by the uncontrollable firing of action potentials within neurones leading to unpredictable seizures. These seizures will differ in frequency and severity between individuals due to the fact that Epilepsy is on a spectrum. Another difference between individuals with the disorder is where the seizures originate and the locations within the body that are affected. 

Also the disorder cannot be cured, treatment is given as a method of supressing symptoms. Usually, medication is given however surgery or dietary approaches are also methods of treatment[1].  

BH Chang and DH Lowenstein stated in 2003 that epilepsy could be grouped into a sub-category of neurological disorders and that seizures can be a resulting symptom from the disease.[2]


  1. Liverman CT, Schultz AM, et al. (2012). Introduction. In: Mary Jane England, Catharyn T Liverman, Andrea M Schultz, and Larisa M Strawbridge. Epilepsy Across the Spectrum. Washington DC: National Academies Press (US).
  2. Chang BS. Lowenstein DH, 2003, "Epilepsy" 349(13): 1257-66.
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