Neuropsychological Assessment

A neuropsychological assessment is a clinical diagnostic procedure that is used to determine cognitive functioning. Neuropsychological assessments are frequently conducted for patients with such conditions as dementia, stroke, brain trauma, brain tumor, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and encephalopathy that can result from multiple causes. These assessments can also be appropriate for individuals with alcoholism, diabetes, hypertension, and other medical conditions where long-term damage to the brain can occur.

A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment evaluates problem-solving ability, memory, intellectual ability, academic achievement, abstraction, sensorimotor skills, visual-perceptual ability, and psychological/emotional status. A comprehensive evaluation can usually be completed in a day or two and begins with a clinical history interview and a review of your medical records when available. Testing is non-invasive, and it involves remembering lists of words, paper and pencil tasks, answering yes/no questions, etc. The test results are interpreted and a feedback session is scheduled to go over test results with you as well as recommendations for treatment. A written report of the results is provided to you and your physician.

A focused assessment is usually completed in a half day of testing and will concentrate on a specific area of functioning such as attention and concentration, memory, medication or money management, etc. It may also address significant life decisions such as the ability to drive, the capacity to live alone, the ability to make and manage a will, or the ability to participate in legal and healthcare decisions.

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