Understanding Epilepsy, Seizures, & The Brain

There are several kinds of epilepsy, with different causes and effects. Learn about them here.


Diagnosing epilepsy relies on a variety of tools, techniques, and observations.


There are numerous ways to treat epilepsy and seizures, including diet, medication, and surgery.

Epilepsy and Your Family

A child's diagnosis of epilepsy can affect the entire family. These resources for parents and siblings can help.


A condition like epilepsy comes with a lot of medical terms. Our reference can help you keep track.

Epilepsy and Learning

Some forms of epilepsy can affect learning and intellectual development. Find out what that means for your child.

Talking About Epilepsy

Communicating effectively with your child and their teachers and caregivers helps manage the condition and fosters your child's emotional well-being.

Activities, Safety, and First Aid

How to safely manage sports, school, and other everyday activities after an epilepsy diagnosis.

External Resources

Additional epilepsy resources for patients and families, from Mass General and experts around the world.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC provides information for patients and their families.

Charlie Foundation

The Charlie Foundation was established to raise awareness about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for childhood epilepsy.

Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation provides education and advocacy for people affected by epilepsy.

Exceptional Parent Magazine

A magazine for parents and families of children with disabilities.

Sibling Support Project

A support and resource group for siblings of people with epilepsy and other conditions.