Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee

Epilepsy and seizure disorders are defined as neurological disorders marked by sudden, recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, and/or convulsions and are associated with abnormal electrical surges in the brain.

Epilepsy Facts:

  • 1 in 100 people have active epilepsy in the United States
  • There are over 20 types of seizures
  • 1 in 26 people will have epilepsy/seizure disorders at some point in their life
  • Common causes of epilepsy are head injury, infection, fever, brain tumors, and genetics.  However, no cause is identified for 70% of people with epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy in America costs $15.5 billion a year
  • Someone is newly diagnosed with epilepsy every 4 seconds
  • In 40% of people with epilepsy, seizures do not respond to treatment
  • Epilepsy is more common than Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Muscular Dystrophy combined


The Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee is here to help those affected by epilepsy in the region.  The services they provide include case management, education, medication assistance, newsletters, referrals, and support groups.  Learn more at Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee.

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