Neuropsychological services include diagnosis and treatment of problems relating to thinking skills (also called cognition) and psychological difficulties (such as anxiety or depression).
Conditions that affect the brain often impact:
In turn, these can create changes in personality and your ability to manage emotions. Very often, the problems are not distinctly neurological or psychological; the difficulties can meld into changes that are difficult to understand and treat.
Neuropsychologists utilize various scientifically developed tests to measure your cognitive (thinking) strengths and weaknesses. This testing may be relatively brief or may involve many hours. We currently only test adults 18 years of age or older.
Very often, the testing can help determine whether emotional factors (such as depression or anxiety) are causing problems with thinking and motivation. Of course, sometimes these problems may be due to problems with brain functioning and will be treated accordingly.
- High-level executive function
- Visual memory
- Processing speed
- Verbal fluency
- Visual/spatial judgment
- Other cognitive capacities
Please note: we do not see patients under the age of 18, and we do not provide testing for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism.
The neuropsychological testing evaluations can help with designing treatment plans, choosing the best medications, recommending job accommodations, and help to establish appropriate expectations for an individual.
Psychological services may be provided by psychologists and neuropsychologists. Common treatments include:
- Adjusting to your diagnosis
- Providing support and education regarding expectations for the future
- Maintaining your identity after diagnosis
- Management of anxiety
The neuropsychologist is a doctoral-level clinical psychologist who has attended at least two years of additional post-doctoral fellowship training relating to neurological difficulties. The neuropsychologist is especially qualified to understand and treat problems that arise when the brain is affected by a variety of neurological problems.
Get more information from the Clinical Neuropsychology Guide for Patients and Families document [pdf].
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To see a neuropsychologist, you must have a referral from an EvergreenHealth neurologist.