What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a way of looking at many different kinds of abilities such as problem solving, attention, memory, language, and motor skills. We ask people to set aside at least 4-5 hours to complete testing in order for us to assess all the higher functions of the brain. Testing involves pencil and paper tests and possibly computer-administered tests.
Many people find these tests interesting. It is helpful to get a good night's sleep before coming in for the session. A better understanding of your neuropsychological function can help your physician to determine a diagnosis and what treatment is best for you.
Who benefits from a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Our specialists work with individuals who are born with or develop brain disorders, as well as those who experience brain injuries. An individual's impairment or symptoms may be mild to severe. Our goal is to help understand the causes of certain moods and behaviors and to then propose solutions.
We help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults who have been diagnosed with conditions such as:
- Dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders
- Head Trauma
- Nervous System Infection
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- Learning Disorders
When an individual displays difficulties or changes in cognition significant enough to interfere with normal daily routines, a physician may recommend a neuropsychological evaluation.
The types of behaviors that might indicate the need for evaluation or treatment include:
- Memory loss
- Attention and concentration problems
- Difficulty organizing and planning
- Difficulty communicating
- Changes in spatial skills
- Difficulty writing or reading
- Disturbed thinking or confusion
If you think you might benefit from neuropsychological assessment talk with your doctor to discuss your concerns. Your doctor will be able to help you know whether a neuropsychological referral is appropriate to help you. Your doctor's office will contact ours to set up the appointment.
Inpatient Neuropsychological care is provided at New Hampshire State Hospital.
Outpatient services are provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates (DHPA). The Neuropsychology Section of DHPA accepts a wide range of health plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Before scheduling a neuropsychological evaluation, patients and families should contact their insurance provider or primary care physician to confirm that the assessment will be covered.
To schedule an appointment, call Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates at (603) 650-5824.