Landover, Maryland - There are more people living with epilepsy in the United States than ever
before, according to the new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 3.4 million people in the U.S. live with seizures, including
470,000 children. The Epilepsy Foundation, working closely with the CDC, is dedicated to helping
people overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy.
“These numbers show a substantial growth from previous data. One of the biggest challenges with
epilepsy is that it is frequently under diagnosed and under recognized, in part because it is associated
with many co-occurring conditions,” said Jacqueline French MD, chief scientific officer, Epilepsy
Foundation. “This report also highlights the need for expanded, reliable surveillance efforts of
epilepsy and seizure disorders.”
People living with epilepsy face higher frequency of depression and other mood disorders, social
isolation, challenges in school and with living independently, higher unemployment, limitations on
driving, and higher risk of early death. In addition, adults and children with seizures are more likely
to live in poverty, and more likely to be insured under Medicaid.