Everyone’s experience of epilepsy is different.

Epilepsy can have a significant impact on many areas of life including employment and relationships. If you have epilepsy, you must be free of seizures for at least one year before you can drive.

Epilepsy can be a result of an infection or brain injury, but in around seven out of ten cases, there is no known cause.

There are many different types of seizure and they can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.

A person may fall to the ground and jerk uncontrollably during a seizure, or they may lose awareness or consciousness.

People may not have memories of a seizure after it has happened.

Epilepsy is not contagious.

Further information

More information about epilepsy is available from Epilepsy Scotland and the NHS. Epilepsy Scotland have a freephone confidential helpline: 0808 800 2200

What is epilepsy? from Epilepsy Scotland.

An Overview of Epilepsy from the NHS.