What is Epilepsy?

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 2 in 100 people in the United States will experience an unprovoked seizure once in life. Additionally, 65 million people are affected by epilepsy worldwide, the Epilepsy Foundation reports.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that is characterized by recurring seizures. Seizures occur because of abnormal electrical activity, or a malfunction, in the brain. They typically last one to two minutes and can cause confusion after.

There are different types of epilepsy and seizures, each with their own identifying factors. Click here to learn more about the various types.

Why Epilepsy is Important to the Aidance Skincare Team

April 22 was Purple Day for epilepsy, and every Aidance employee proudly took part! Proceeds from the shirts we wore were donated to the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. The hospital is about an hour from our Rhode Island offices, and even closer for some employees who live in Massachusetts.

Aidance’s Tami does a great job of explaining why epilepsy is important to us here at Aidance, and what makes us proud to represent the cause. To watch the video, click here.

What is Epilepsy? Learn More About Seizures & Treatment for Epilepsy

To learn more about the Hope. Time. Cure. Epilepsy Foundation, click here or visit them on Facebook.

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What are Seizure Symptoms?

Some common seizure symptoms may include any of the following:


  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle contractions
  • Stiffening of limbs
  • Jerky movements of the hands
  • General confusion following an episode


Treatment for Epilepsy

Often, people with epilepsy are treated with an anti-epileptic medication to prevent seizures from occurring. Medication has a high success rate in preventing episodes.

In certain cases, surgery may be performed for epilepsy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this may be an option for a patient whose “seizures originate in a small, well-defined area of your brain that doesn’t interfere with vital functions like speech, language or hearing.”

How Can I Help Someone With Epilepsy?

Here are some helpful tips for assisting someone who is having a seizure:

  • Remain calm
  • Do not hold the person down or place anything in their mouth
  • Time the seizure; if it persists for more than 3 minutes, dial 911
  • Remove harmful objects that may injure the person during the episode
  • Gently turn the person to one side to prevent choking
  • Place something soft and supportive under their head

Epilepsy Resources

Find more information including causes, treatments and support forums for epilepsy at:

What is Epilepsy? Learn More About Seizures & Treatment for Epilepsy

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