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Neuropsychological Assessment

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS

A neuropsychological assessment is an evaluation of cognitive, emotional and intellectual functioning of adults and seniors with neurological, medical and/or psychiatric conditions. These conditions typically interfere with an individual’s quality and enjoyment of life. A neuropsychological assessment allows health professionals to evaluate current cognitive functioning and to diagnose impairments, including dementia and other pathological changes in functioning. Neuropsychological assessment is often recommended when adults present with memory complaints, changes in cognitive functioning, or psychiatric or medical issues. A key precursor to successful treatment, an assessment can be imperative for an accurate diagnosis and an exacting treatment plan.

Neuropsychological baseline testing is also recommended for healthy adults and seniors, in order to document an individual’s strengths, weaknesses and patterns of cognitive functioning. This baseline can then provide a comprehensive basis for comparison should any changes in cognition occur in the future.

  • Have you noticed any concerning changes in memory or other thought processes (i.e. planning, problem solving, organization, word finding) in yourself or someone you care about?
  • Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s, dementia or neurocognitive disease? Would you or someone in your family benefit from a baseline assessment of cognitive functioning, in order to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment in the future should anything change?
  • Have you recently suffered a concussion or do you have a history of multiple concussions?

THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

At The Clinic, a neuropsychological assessment for an adult takes 2-3 days on average, but may take longer depending on the complexity of the assessment. In addition to this testing, it involves review of relevant medical records and a feedback session. It may also involve contact with other health care professionals. Once the assessment and feedback session is completed, a report is provided that can be shared with family and the primary physician and/or forwarded to specialists or other health professionals.

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CHRISTINE CURRAN, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Depression, Stress, Psychosis, Assessment of Memory, Concussion.

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