Epilepsy: Exploring INFORMATION / KNOWLEDGE / EMPOWERMENT MODULE 1: Epilepsy 101 3 What Is Epilepsy? Learning about epilepsy and how it affects you can help you manage your epilepsy.1 Epilepsy is a brain disorder that involves seizures.2 Seizures are strong bursts of electrical activity in the brain.3,4 A seizure is an event, and epilepsy is the disease.5 Just because a person has seizures does not mean that a person has epilepsy.1 Epilepsy is a chronic medical condition, meaning that it may last for the rest of your life.1 Epilepsy is not contagious, and it is not a mental disorder.1