Did You Know?

  • Epilepsy currently affects an estimated 3 million Americans.
  • In 70% of people with epilepsy, there is NO identifiable cause.
  • Epilepsy in America costs $15.5 billion a year.
  • Each year in the U.S., an estimated 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed.
  • People of all ages, races, and in all walks of life can develop Epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.
  • Epilepsy in not a mental illness.
  • In 40% of people with epilepsy, seizures persist despite treatment.
  • Epilepsy is more common than Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy combined.
  • Incorrect information, old-fashioned attitudes and myths about epilepsy are the greatest obstacles faced by those who have epilepsy.
  • When seizures are not controlled, epilepsy is a devastating, chronic disorder.
  • 10% of American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime
  • 45,000 children under the age of 15 develop epilepsy every year.
  • Males are slightly more likely to develop epilepsy than females.
  • Epilepsy is defined as having recurrent (two or more), unprovoked seizures.
  • A resident of Tennessee must wait 6 months after his last seizure in order to regain his license to drive.
  • A “seizure disorder” and “epilepsy” are the same.
  • In our jurisdiction of 13 counties, approximately 14,555 people have a history of seizures.
  • 70% of children who are otherwise normal will outgrow epilepsy.
  • 40% of children outgrow absence seizures.
  • Children with absence epilepsy have I.Q. scores 10% higher than normal.
  • ½ of children with absence epilepsy will experience at least one tonic-clonic seizure.
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 10 – 15% of children with mental retardation
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 13% of children with cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in up to 50% of children with mental retardation and cerebral palsy.
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 8.7% of children whose mothers have epilepsy
  • Epilepsy can be expected to develop in 2.4% of children whose fathers have epilepsy
  • As many as 2/3 of children with epilepsy have some type of measurable learning problem.
  • As many as 1/3 of children with epilepsy require special education.
  • Approximately 2 out of every 100 adults in Tennessee have a history of seizures.

Welcome to

Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee!

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  All of our services are free to our clients, and we depend heavily on donations.




Counties served:

Bledsoe McMinn
Bradley Meigs
Catoosa Polk
Dade Rhea
Grundy Sequatchie
Hamilton Walker



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