Welcome to the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend
The Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend provides various services to children and adults who have epilepsy and live in Florida. Any resident of Florida who is diagnosed with epilepsy, or is suspected of having epilepsy, and who needs the program’s services can apply to be a client. The services include sponsoring medical care, emergency medicine, case management, and educational community programs.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Currently, epilepsy and seizures affect more than 360,000 Floridians, of which 84,600 are children. More than 3 million Americans of all ages have epilepsy, and approximately 200,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Ten percent of the American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime and three percent will develop epilepsy by age 75. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, more than fifty percent of returning soldiers from Iraq experienced traumatic brain injury, which is the leading cause of epilepsy.