There are many different types of epilepsy. It's a condition which means that people have seizures or 'fits' because of abnormal electical activity in the brain. This can be for several differet reasons including a family history or underlying problems with the brain since birth. Although it's possible to have seizures because of other external factors e.g. too much alcohol or a lack of oxygen, epilepsy is a condition which comes from the brain itself.
Around 1 in 20 people will have a seizure at some point in their lives, but epilepsy means having more than one. It can happen to anyone at any time. More information below about this condition, and sources of help if it's part of your life.
Epilepsy Wales is an organisation which tries to improve the lives of those with epilepsy, their families and carers. They offer information and practical help through the helpline, fieldworkers and support groups across Wales.
This organisation provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children.
Extensive, good quality health information usually provided by GPs and nurses during consultation.
NHS Direct Wales is a 24 hour helpline, which can give advice about health and health services across Wales. It is staffed by experienced nurses specially trained to give advice over the phone and provide information about all your local services.