Cognitive function may be changed by traumatic brain injury, drug or alcohol abuse or degenerative processes like Alzheimer’s disease.
Impairment can make daily living without assistance unsafe and a thorough evaluation will help the individual, family and consulting professional make responsible decisions about where, how, and with whom the individual can live.
Neuropsychological evaluations specifically examine the effects of any brain injury or neuropathological process that a person may have experienced.
Neuropsychological Assessment Can:
- Provide a differential diagnosis of organic and functional pathologies
- Assess for dementia versus pseudodementia
- Determine the presence of traumatic brain injury
- Guide rehabilitation programs and monitor patient progress
- Guide the therapist in referring to specialists
- Determine ability to live independently or with supervision
- Determine ability to return to work and school affairs
- Evaluation of the cognitive effects of various medical disorders and associated interventions
- Monitoring of the effects of pharmacologic interventions