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Being diagnosed with epilepsy can bring many challenges and emotions

We have lots of information to help you understand more about your condition. This includes resources to enable you to take an active role in your epilepsy care and feel more in control.

We provide specific information for people who are newly-diagnosed

We cover key topics such as treatment, managing epilepsy, driving, work, safety and risk. This information has been developed in collaboration with people with epilepsy who shared their experiences with us. It is based on what they told us they would have found useful when they were diagnosed.

We are the UK’s a leading provider of epilepsy services. Through our cutting edge research, awareness campaigns, information resources and expert care, we work for everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK.

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the brain and nervous system. Over 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy. In this video we explain what epilepsy is, how it affects different people and the different types of seizures a person with epilepsy can have.

How the driving regulations apply to you

If you drive, one immediate effect of having a seizure is that you have to stop driving. For many people, this can have a big impact both practically and emotionally. Use our interactive guide to find out how the driving regulations in the UK apply to you. 

Making a claim for PIP

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a UK benefit for people aged 16 to 64 years, to help with any additional costs due to a long-term disability or health condition. To be eligible for PIP you must be aged 16 to 64 years, have a long-term disability or health condition, and need help or support with daily living, or with mobility, or both. 

Travel and holidays

If you take time to plan ahead around your epilepsy you will be in the best position to relax, enjoy yourself and make the most of your holiday. You need to consider medication, travel insurance and telling people ahead of time about your epilepsy.