A seizure is a temporary "electrical storm" that occurs on the surface of the brain. Seizures start quickly and most often stop on their own within one to three minutes. There are many types of seizures that people may have.

Seizures are common. Around 1 in 10 people will have a single seizure in their lifetime.

When a child has shown a tendency to have seizures, it is called epilepsy. A doctor may diagnose epilepsy once a child has had 2 or more seizures within a 1 year period. Epilepsy is not a mental illness. It does not mean that the person is delayed or handicapped or will have learning problems.

About 1 in 100 people will develop epilepsy. People can outgrow the tendency to have seizures. They may wean their seizure medicine under the careful watch of their doctor.