Neuropsychological services at the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute 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 one's 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 a person's cognitive (thinking) strengths and weaknesses.
This testing may be relatively brief or may involve many hours.
Neuropsychologists use a series of standardized tests, benchmarked for various ages, to assess:
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.
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.
For a description of neuropsychological assessment testing, refer to Clinical Neuropsychology - A Guide for Patients and Their Families.
Psychological services may be provided by psychologists and neuropsychologists. Common treatments include:
Many individuals find support groups helpful, but others may want or need individualized attention. Family members often need as much or more help than those diagnosed with neurological difficulties.
Although symptoms of depression are fairly common when diagnosed with a neurological or medical condition, psychological services can be helpful to help minimize the severity and duration of these symptoms.
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