Could a Neuropsychological Evaluation Help You?

Could a Neuropsychological Evaluation Help You?

Turn to one of our Libertyville neurologists to find out whether neuropsychological testing could benefit your behavioral health.

It’s amazing to think that the three-pound mass inside your head controls every thing you do from the emotions you feel and what you Neuropsychological Evaluationare thinking to controlling respiration and heart rate. The human brain is truly amazing. Unfortunately, there are certain issues that can affect how a brain responds. It might affect how we think or how we feel. From the office of our Libertyville, IL neurological team, find out when a neuropsychological evaluation is necessary.

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

The purpose behind this assessment is to identify the presence of a neurological disorder. This evaluation is used to test both cognitive and behavioral functions such as:

  • Intelligence
  • Language and Reading Skills
  • Attention and Memory
  • Visual and Auditory Processing
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Emotions
  • Behaviors and Personality
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning and Executive Functioning
  • Social Skills

This testing can be requested by parents, doctors or teachers, and the information gathered through this evaluation might be used to create a customized treatment plan that may include specific therapies, medications, educational needs, etc.

When might this type of evaluation be necessary?

Usually an evaluation is necessary if the behaviors you or your child are exhibiting point to a brain-based disorder. Common conditions that would warrant an evaluation include:

  • Autism disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Seizures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Long-term substance abuse
  • Memory disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease)

If someone has recently suffered a brain injury, sometimes these tests will be recommended during rehabilitation to chart progress or problem areas. These tests may also be used to determine disabilities, to help create customized educational programs or for legal purposes.

If you or a loved one is dealing with neurological problems, it’s time you put your health and trust into the neurological team at Northwest Neurology in Libertyville, IL. Call us today to learn more.

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