If the word epilepsy fills you with fear, we don’t blame you. When you or someone you know has a seizure, it can look scary for sure. And what people don’t understand, they want to avoid. Most people do not understand this disease and like to stay blissfully ignorant of its causes and lifelong effects. Many myths surround epileptic people, the foremost being that they are mentally retarded or mentally challenged. This is entirely untrue! People with epilepsy or seizures suffer from a medical condition in which the neurons of the brain sometimes behave erratically, sending out incorrect signals at higher than normal speed, resulting in sudden jerking movements we normally call a seizure. This person has an otherwise normally functioning brain.