Epilepsy is a common condition that causes repeated seizures. The seizures are caused by bursts of electrical activity in the brain that are not normal. Seizures may cause problems with muscle control, movement, speech, vision, or awareness. They usually don't last very long, but they can be scary. The good news is that treatment usually works to control and reduce seizures.
Epilepsy is not a type of mental illness or intellectual disability. It generally does not affect how well you think or learn. You can't catch epilepsy from other people (like a cold), and they can't catch it from you.
Epilepsy Care at St. Luke's
Our experts are available to provide a diagnosis and work with you and/or your primary care provider to develop an individualized treatment plan that accounts for your medical and psychosocial needs. When seizures are difficult to diagnose or treat, you may be referred to one of our fellowship-trained epilepsy physicians (also known as epileptologists) for evaluation and possible admission to our inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at St. Luke's Boise.