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Epilepsy is a long-term condition that affects 1 in 50 Australians. Learn more about the causes, how it is diagnosed and the types of seizures.
Epilepsy can be diagnosed by your doctor based on your history or by using medical tests such as a blood test. Learn more about how epilepsy can be diagnosed.
What causes epilepsy?
Epilepsy can be caused by anything that can damage the brain such as a head injury. Learn more about the different common causes for epilepsy.
Epilepsy treatment such as antiepileptic medicines help most people achieve good seizure control. Learn more about the different the different treatment options available.
A ketogenic (or ‘keto’) diet is an extremely-low carbohydrate diet sometimes used as a complementary treatment for certain groups of people, such as children with epilepsy.
Nervous system diseases
Find out more about specific nervous system diseases, including signs and symptoms of particular conditions, how they are diagnosed and where to go for support.
Certain things are known to trigger seizures (or fits), such as flashing light, lack of sleep or drugs. Other causes include medical conditions. Find out more about seizures and what to do if someone has a fit.
Absence seizures are epileptic seizures that cause someone to stare into space and lose awareness for a few seconds. Find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.
What to do when someone has a seizure
Epilepsy affects about 250,000 Australians, so it's likely you know someone with epilepsy or you'll see someone having a seizure. Here's what you do when a person has a seizure.
What does a neurologist do?
A neurologist is a specialist physician who treats conditions like epilepsy that affect the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves.