The neuropsychological evaluation is used to understand how your "thinking skills" are operating including memory, concentration, visual perception and problem-solving.
The neuropsychological evaluation is helpful in understanding the after effects of head injury, stroke and certain illnesses, and for memory problems and other cognitive concerns. It helps identify ways in which you can strengthen weak thinking skills, and it can explore the contribution of tension or stress to memory or concentration problems. The goal of the evaluation is to provide you and your doctor with information that can be used to determine the best course of treatment.
The evaluation consists of several short tasks. Some of these are paper and pencil tests and questionnaires; others are more like games or puzzles. Many patients find them fun and challenging.
An evaluation generally takes about two hours or less. You may take breaks as needed. Generally the procedures move quickly and patients do not usually find them too tiring.
Many insurance companies cover all or parts of the testing; check with your insurance carrier for further information. Some companies require a written referral from your primary care physician.
These services are currently offered at our Wheaton office by Linda Sapin, Ph.D., at our Providence office by Xi Besha, Ph.D, Rockville office by Melissa Carswell, Psy.D., and at the Chevy Chase office by Anne Newman, Ph.D., Jesse G. Brand, Ph.D. Dr. Brand also does testing at our K Street office on Thursdays.