Some people believe suffering a seizure means they’re epileptic. This isn’t the case. A diagnosis of epilepsy usually only comes after a person has experienced two seizures that were unprovoked, as a wide range of other medical factors or trauma to the head can also lead to a seizure. Most people with epilepsy will experience a similar type of seizure, so the signs of an upcoming seizure, like a lack of consciousness, anxiety, fear, or temporary confusion, will pop up in the same manner and pattern before a seizure.
The treatment prognosis for epilepsy also varies based on the person. Some respond well to anti-seizure medication and are able to live relatively normal lives with their epilepsy under control. Others need sustained treatment across their lives in order to keep the risk of seizure low. Sometimes, children who experience seizures while they are young simply outgrow their epilepsy and are able to enjoy a typical life.
Right now, modern medicine is a bit divided about how epilepsy actually develops. For a large number of people, there’s not any clear reason as to the cause. For some others, medicine believes epilepsy arises due to specific genetic factors, diseases like meningitis, head trauma, and other brain conditions – like a stroke.