A seizure is an abnormal movement or behavior caused by unusual electrical activity in the brain. In contrast, epilepsy is a group of related disorders marked by recurring seizures over a long period of time, with no identifiable short-term cause. Although seizures are a symptom of epilepsy, not all people who have seizures have epilepsy. These resources can help you and your child learn more about seizures and epilepsy.

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