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Around 1% of the general population has epilepsy, but this rises to 30% of people with a mild learning disability or brain injury. This percentage increases with the severity or complexity of the disability.
Your service users can develop epilepsy at any age, so you need to:
- be on the look out for signs of the condition
- make a record of these signs
- support them to visit their GP if you or your colleagues have any concerns.
There are several causes of epilepsy, including:
- injury to the brain during or immediately after birth
- infections that damage the brain, eg meningitis
- toxic substances, eg from drug or alcohol addiction
- brain tumours
- high fever.