Neuropsychological evaluations may be recommended when individuals are experiencing difficulties with thinking, attention, memory, or social behavior that create problems in daily life (work, school, or home). The cause of these changes could be due to normal aging, brain related injury or illness, a medical or psychological disorder, and/or major life changes. An assessment could help clarify the nature of the changes.
Neuropsychological evaluations are comprehensive and include administration and interpretation of neuropsychological tests. Results from these tests are integrated with knowledge of an individual's history, medical conditions, and social, emotional and behavioral functioning to provide recommendations to improve the individual's life. Recommendations include treatments options, accommodations for returning to work/school, and/or educational resources.
Some of the common conditions addressed are as follows:
- Memory problems
- Attention/Concentration problems
- Alzheimer's disease
- Acquired Brain Injury (stroke, tumors, anoxia, encephalopathy)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Parkinson's Disease
- Huntington's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Additional neuropsychological services include the following:
- Worker's Compensation Evaluations
- Capacity/competency Evaluations
- Individual Medical Evaluations (IMEs)
- School accommodations (ages 16 and up)
Psychological evaluations may be recommended when individuals are experiencing symptoms, such as depression, anger, anxiety, trouble sleeping, or difficulty in relationships. By examining the complex interplay of psychological and physical functioning, a psychological evaluation may clarify the underlying causes of the symptoms, as well as provide recommendations for the individual and family. Evaluations can also be helpful for the individual's healthcare providers who may want a holistic conceptualization to help guide treatment.