In my practice I conduct comprehensive psychological, neuropsychological, educational, geriatric, parenting, and forensic assessments. A number of tests are very sensitive to impairments that might not be obvious in other ways. An assessment can identify specific weaknesses in memory and thinking.
Test results can be used to help differentiate among illnesses, which is important because appropriate treatment depends on accurate diagnosis. Different illnesses result in different patterns of strengths and weaknesses on testing. Therefore, the results can be helpful in determining which areas of the brain might be involved and what illness might be operating. For instance, an assessment can help to differentiate among Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and depression. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment allows to determine if your child's problems are caused by depression, attention deficits, or other developmental disabilities. Your physician will use this information along with the results of other tests, such as brain imaging and blood tests, to come to the most informed diagnosis possible.
Psychological testing can provide a deeper understanding of your strengths and
insight into specific barriers to optimal functioning that are
preventing you from reaching your full potential.
Neuropsychological Evaluation specifies:
- Attention, Concentration and Learning
- Motor and Visuo-motor Functions
- Sensory Perceptual Functioning
- Executive (problem solving) and Conceptualization
- Planning and Organizational Skills
- Emotions, behavior, and personality
Neuropsychological evaluation may be recommended to diagnose, rule out, or clarify:
- Neurological disorders (e.g., strokes, tumors, Parkinson's Disease)
- Attention deficit disorders
- Psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders
- Effects of chronic substance abuse
- Dementing conditions (e.g., mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's Disease)
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment consists of:
- Examination of older person’s current physical, mental, and psycho-social health
- Assessment of memory functioning and executive functioning (decision making)
- Assessment of an ability to perform activities of daily living independently
- Living arrangements, social networks, and access to support services
- Identification of current problems or anticipated future problems in any of these areas
- Specific interventions or actions required, and specific recommendations regarding resources needed to provide the necessary support services
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment is recommended in case of:
- other signs of possible dementia
An evaluation can take 2 to 14 hours, depending on the specific assessments used, patient's test-taking speed, the complexity of the case, and the extent of the interviews and feedback session.