Is neuropsychological assessment right for you?
- Are you concerned about the effects of a brain injury?
- Has a medical, neurological, or other problem disrupted your mental skills enough to cause problems in your work, studies, or daily life?
- Is concussion recovery progressing more slowly than expected?
- Do you have worries about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia?
- Have family members, friends, or co-workers noticed changes in your abilities?
In these scenarios, a neuropsychological evaluation could answer some of your questions in detail. Evaluation can also help to connect you to other health services. It will offer recommendations to address any problem areas, and to make the best use of your cognitive and personal strengths. Please call us to discuss whether an assessment would be helpful in your situation.
Neuropsychological assessments may also be performed at the request of third parties, such as insurance companies or lawyers. Results are used to determine objectively a person’s mental/cognitive abilities; to help guide symptom management and treatment; and/or to help guide life planning, such as return to work.
A neuropsychological evaluation is unique. It provides substantially more detail and clarity than brief in-office screening tests that you may complete at your doctor’s office or with other professionals.
What does a neuropsychological assessment involve?
A neuropsychological assessment involves: an interview reviewing your background and current concerns; a few hours of testing (performed in a comfortable and quiet setting); and a later feedback session, in which your results and recommendations will be reviewed with you in detail. Useful resources will be noted for you, and referrals to other health professionals, if needed, are included.
Testing covers mental functions including attention/concentration, information-processing speed, general intellectual abilities, various aspects of memory, language skills, visuospatial skills, and executive functions (planning, mental flexibility, problem-solving). Each test result is compared to normative data – comparison groups of similar age and education to yours – so that individual results can be placed as normal or unusual in the correct context. Emotional functioning is also assessed. Your medical or other records may also be reviewed as part of the evaluation.