All people with epilepsy have seizures, but not everyone who has had a seizure has epilepsy.
The illness, which affects 3.5 million children and adults in the U.S., is a brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures. Many patients live in constant fear of when their next one is coming, when they might black out and lose control of their bodies.
With the right treatment, most people can control epilepsy, and that starts with understanding and diagnosis. Just because you had a seizure doesn’t mean you have epilepsy.