Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disease of the brain that affects people of all ages. Active Epilepsy is when an individual has a history of doctor-diagnosed epilepsy or seizure disorder and is currently taking medication to control it and/or have had one or more seizures in the past year.
There are about 3.4 million people with epilepsy in the United States: 3 million adults and 470,000 children. It is estimated that up to 70% of people with epilepsy could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated. However, in many parts of the world, people with epilepsy suffer from stigma and discrimination.