Commons Reasons for Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing provides diagnostic clarification and grading of clinical severity for patients with subtle or obvious cognitive disorders. These include:

  • Children who are not achieving appropriate developmental milestones
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit
  • Executive Functioning Problems
  • Infants exposed to drugs, alcohol or illness in-utero
  • Patients with head injuries or Concussions
  • Patients with Dementia or other neurological diseases
  • Patients exposed to chemicals or toxins
  • Substance abusing patients
  • Stroke victims

Neurology versus Neuropsychology? 

The function of a neurologist is significantly different from that of a neuro-psychologist. The neurologist's expertise lies in diagnosing and treating the structural and physiological consequences of brain injuries and neurological illnesses. In contrast, neuropsychologists assess the effects of brain injuries and illnesses on cognition and behavior; they are experts in assessing functional capacities. Many patients need both neurological and neuro-psychological work-ups.

What information will I get from a neuropsychological report? 

Neuropsychological testing is a procedure that measures and identifies cognitive impairment and functioning in individuals. It provides quantifiable data about the following aspects of cognition:

  • Executive Functions such as Planning, Problem Solving and Inhibition
  • Short-term and long-term memory
  • Ability to learn new skills and solve problems
  • Attention, concentration, and distractibility
  • Logical and abstract reasoning functions
  • Ability to understand and express language
  • Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordination
  • Organizing abilities

Because every individual has strengths and weaknesses on a spectrum, this testing results in accurate clinical diagnosis and a grading of clinical severity with appropriate recommendations for treatment.

Is neuropsychological testing expensive?
Compare:

  • Neuropsychological Battery $2000 - $4,000
  • MRI $ 6,000 - 12,000
  • PET Scan $ 5,000+
  • Understanding your Neurocognitive Functioning and Overcoming your Problems... Priceless!


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