Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation

What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions using a set of standardized tests and procedures. Various mental functions are systematically tested, including but not limited to:

Problem-solving, abstract thinking, and conceptualization
Planning and organization
Attention and concentration
Memory and learning
Academic skills
Sensorimotor functions
Perceptual functioning
Emotions, behavior, and personality

A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended for any case in which brain based impairment in cognitive function or behavior is suspected. Typical referrals are made to diagnose or rule out the following conditions and to describe the impact on a person's daily functioning:

Traumatic brain injury
Developmental learning disabilities
Attention deficit disorders
Psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders
Seizure disorders
Medical illness or treatment
Effects of toxic chemicals or chronic substance abuse
Dementing conditions (Alzheimer's)

Reasons for Neuropsychological Assessment and Treatment

Determining the presence, nature, and severity of cognitive dysfunction

Providing diagnostic information needed prior to neurosurgical procedures

Determining cognitive capacity for work, school, and independent living

Identifying psychological factors such as depression that contribute to cognitive dysfunction

Providing treatment recommendations for cognitive disorders and psychological adjustment

Facilitating in helping direct rehabilitation

A neuropsychological evaluation is particularly useful for tracking progress in rehabilitation after brain injury or other neurological disease

Neuropsychological evaluation can assist greatly in planning educational and vocational programs. It can also be an invaluable for disability  determination or for legal purposes.

What is a neuropsychological evaluation like?

Generally, a neuropsychological evaluation involves a wide variety of tasks, most of which are done sitting at a table. There are no invasive procedures, no pain, no needles, or electrodes. The time of evaluation varies from 3 to 4 hours depending on what information is being sought. The evaluation can be scheduled in a single appointment or in a series of appointments.

If the patient has difficulty providing information about the history, it is helpful for a family member or friend to accompany them (for at least part of the clinical interview).

It is helpful if the patient can provide records of previous neurodiagnostic testing (e.g. brain scans such as CT or MRI scans ) and/or results from previous neuropsychological evaluations if completed at another facility.

How do I prepare for a neuropsychological evaluation?

Bring eyeglasses and any other required devices (such as hearing aids)

Take medications as prescribed

Bring an accurate list of all medications you are taking along with dosages

Get a good night's sleep before

How are the test results used?

That depends on the reason for the evaluation. Neuropsychological evaluations may:

Confirm or clarify diagnosis

Provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational, or other services

Document changes in functioning since prior examinations, including effects of treatment

Clarify what compensatory strategies would help

Result in referral to the specialist, such as educational therapist, cognitive rehabilitation professionals, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers, nurses, special education teachers, or vocational counselors.

What does a Neuropsychological Evaluation do?

Establishes a baseline so that changes in thinking skills, mood, and personality can be monitored over time to provide better treatment

Helps the patient and family make decisions about work and other responsibilities

Educates family members about how the brain disorder has affected the patient's thinking skills and personality, so they can better help and understand.

Provides information for physician in order to help with medication selection to reduce side effects or improve cognition


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