How does a neuropsychologist help?
A neuropsychologist has special training in how the brain works and can explain how your condition affects your everyday life. This type of professional can evaluate your ability to:
- Speak or write
- Solve problems
- Control or understand your emotions
When to see a neuropsychologist
You or loved one may benefit from seeing a neuropsychologist if you’re affected by:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Behavioral condition, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Brain tumor
- Developmental delay
- Developmental disorder, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Learning disorder
- Mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia
- Multiple sclerosis
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as concussion
What to expect
During your appointment, the neuropsychologist will talk to you about your thinking skills. You may bring a loved one, and the neuropsychologist can talk to them, too.
A technician will give tests asking you to read, write, draw or solve puzzles. You also may answer questions about your mood and personality.
Expect the evaluation to last about two to four hours.
Your neuropsychologist will send the results to your doctor. The doctor will follow up with you and, if needed, recommend treatment.