Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing can help your doctor find out how a problem with your brain is affecting your ability to reason, concentrate, solve problems, or remember.

Doctors use a wide variety of tests for neuropsychological testing. In most cases you will take a series of tests, rather than a single test.

This type of testing is most often done by a psychologist with special training in this area.

Why It Is Done

This testing gives your doctor an overall picture of how well your brain works. Your doctor can use the results to decide the best treatment or rehabilitation program for you.

Your doctor may recommend this testing if:

You have a disease that can affect the brain, such as:
  • Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
  • Stroke.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Brain tumor.
  • Parkinson's disease.
  • Epilepsy.
  • AIDS.
  • You have an injury that may have affected your brain, such as a concussion or a more serious brain injury.
  • You have a history of drug or alcohol abuse that may have affected your brain.
  • You have been exposed to poisons, chemicals, or pollution that can cause brain damage.
  • You have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or problems in school.
Your doctor wants to see how well treatment for one of these diseases, conditions, or injuries is working.

Jennifer Mathews, PhD

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