Epilepsy:  Looking at the Numbers

It is a startling statistic:  one in every 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some time during their lifetime.  This, however, is not the only staggering number associated with epilepsy:

4 Epilepsy ranks fourth as the most common neurological disorder.  That makes it more prevalent than autism spectrum disorders, Cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease combined.  Epilepsy ranks behind only migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease

40 or more syndromes are associated with epilepsy

5,000 deaths in the U.S. that occur annually are seizure-related, either directly (prolonged seizures or sudden unexplained death (SUDEP)) or indirectly (accidents such as drowning caused by seizures)

200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed annually in the U.S.

65 Million people worldwide are affected by epilepsy; some 3.4 million of those people live in the United States, 470,000 of whom are children living with epilepsy

30% or more of the population diagnosed with epilepsy also experience a major depressive disorder

30% of those with epilepsy are unsuccessful in controlling their seizures through medication

30-35% suffer unacceptable side effects from the medications used to control the seizures

66% of the diagnosed cases have no known cause