Adult Neuropsychology Services
The Neuropsychology Department is a clinical specialty service at Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut. Neuropsychological assessments evaluate cognitive (e.g., thinking) functions that can help in the proper diagnosis and treatment planning for a wide range of conditions.
The brain and its functions are remarkably well-organized. There are many tools available to your doctor to analyze your brain function, including imaging and scans (e.g., CAT scans or MRIs). Neuropsychological evaluations are another tool that can aid your doctor in deciding how best to treat you. Neuropsychological evaluations are unique in that they focus on how your brain works in your everyday life, such as remembering names, remembering where you put things, ability to focus and concentrate well enough to do daily tasks, and the ability to organize things and make decisions.
Our Clinical Neuropsychologists are licensed, doctoral-level clinical psychologists, who have specialized training in brain-behavior relationships and are uniquely qualified to evaluate your cognitive and mood status to help ensure proper medical care.
For individuals with complaints of memory problems, problems with concentration, or difficulties completing daily tasks, a neuropsychological evaluation can be helpful to outline areas of difficulty and can also help establish a diagnosis.
For individuals who have an established diagnosis (such as MS, Parkinson’s, brain injury, or Alzheimer’s Disease), a neuropsychological evaluation can help to determine the severity of problem areas. This can assist with rehabilitation and treatment recommendations.
For those who are seeking help with determining return-to-work readiness or school placement or accommodations, our Clinical Neuropsychologists can also assist with measuring those skills needed to succeed in the workplace or school.
In addition to neuropsychological evaluations, our Clinical Neuropsychologists can also perform psychological evaluations (both with and without testing) to help diagnose and treat emotional disorders (such as anxiety and depression), or to take a look at the psychological and lifestyle factors that impact adaptation to a medical diagnosis (such as chronic pain or headache). We work closely with area mental health professionals to ensure proper evaluation and treatment.
We offer services that meet a wide range of needs. Below is a description of some of the conditions where a neuropsychological evaluation can be useful and some helpful websites.
ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER DEMENTIAS
- http://www.alz.org/ct/ (Alzheimer’s Association)
- MS http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx
(National MS Society)
- PARKINSON’S DISEASE parkinson.org
(National Parkinson’s Foundation)
- http://www.biact.org/ (Brain Injury Association of CT)
- http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME(National Stroke Association)
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADHD/ADD)
- http://www.chadd.org/ (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Learning Disabilities online www.ldonline.org/
- International Dyslexia Organizationhttp://www.interdys.org/
- Connecticut branch of the International Dyslexia organization http://www.connbida.org/
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
- apa.org (American Psychological Association Help Center)
FORENSIC CONSULTATION & DISABILITY DETERMINATION
CHRONIC PAIN AND HEADACHE
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