Epilepsy and Seizures

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about epilepsy and seizures.

What causes epilepsy?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses the causes of epilepsy. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Epilepsy is caused by a variety of conditions. It can be genetic, and it runs in families. It's often caused by trauma or stroke, or anything that will affect or damage the brain, including head injuries and gunshot wounds. Men and women coming back from military service may have head injuries, and they are predisposed to seizures. Infections can also cause seizures.

Source: Barbara Phillips, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Arshi Naz, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute