Illnesses or injuries affecting the brain are difficult for individuals and their family members. Limitations in functioning pose ongoing challenges. Simply coping on a daily basis can create stress, anger and depression.
When an individual with a brain disorder or brain injury experiences significant or persistent difficulty with thoughts, moods or behavior, your physician may recommend evaluation or treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Neuropsychiatry or Neuropsychology Department.
What are Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology?
There are many instances where neurology overlaps with psychiatry and psychology. Generally, these specialties address psychiatric or psychological difficulties in individuals with known or suspected neurological conditions. With neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology, emphasis is on brain functioning. Both of these specialties are employed at the recommendation of a physician.
What does an evaluation entail?
Your physician will work with our clinical specialists to determine which tests will be most helpful in identifying a precise diagnosis.
- A neuropsychiatric assessment might include laboratory tests and neuroimaging tests such as an MRI, SPECT, or PET. These tests help neuropsychiatrists evaluate specific areas of the brain.
- Should your physician recommend neurological testing [link to other section], you will participate in a series of written or interactive exercises that measure problem solving, attention, memory, language and movement.
All testing helps support the development of an individualized treatment plan. Effective treatments physicians have to choose from include:
- Behavioral techniques
- Rehabilitative therapies
Since the family plays a central role in a person's recovery, spouses or family members may be asked to participate in supportive, educational or therapeutic groups.
For more than 200 years, Dartmouth's physicians have been recognized for their specialization and expertise. As educators and researchers, our clinical staff utilizes the latest advances in psychiatry and neuroscience. They are also actively involved in the development of new treatments.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates accepts a wide range of health plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Our office is located in Lebanon, New Hampshire at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
A physician must refer patients for neuropsychiatric treatment or neuropsychological testing. To arrange for a physician referral, call Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates at (603) 650-5824.