Reasons for Evaluation

Why is evaluation necessary? There are many situations in which a more detailed understanding of your cognitive and psychological patterns can be helpful, including:

Memory Loss
You may have noticed that your memory is not as sharp or reliable as it once was. Perhaps you’ve been concerned that this could be an indication of a developing medical problem. Neuropsychological testing can assist in determining whether your memory is what it should be for your age, and what might be causing any noticeable decline.

Diminished Performance
You (or others) may have noticed that your work performance has been slipping lately. At home you may be having more difficulty meeting your usual responsibilities. Neuropsychological evaluation can be used to look for possible reasons and develop strategies to address identified problems.

Personality Changes
You (or others) may have noticed that you are more irritable, withdrawn, indifferent, or more silly and not taking important things as seriously as you usually would. Neuropsychological evaluation can help to understand the reasons for such changes and plan approaches to address problems arising from those changes.

Baseline Measurement of Cognitive Functions
You may have a family history of cognitive disorders or dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. You may therefore be interested in getting baseline measurement of your cognitive functions, to make early detection of any cognitive slippage more possible.

Adjustment to Life Changes
You or a loved one may be getting on in years and becoming concerned about whether it is time to consider moving to housing that would provide more assistance and supervision. You may be wondering if it is getting time to consider giving up driving, time to have someone provide more assistance with managing household finances, or other issues of independence.

Documenting the Effects of Brain Injury
You may have recently been involved in an accident involving head injury, and are wondering whether the injury has produced changes in thinking or behavior. Neuropsychological evaluation can help determine this.