A Neuro…who?

Neuropsychologist, the specialist who can help you understand and test your brain.

Thanks to technology and science, today’s doctors and specialists can analyze, test and measure almost every part of the human body and its functions, even the mysterious and complex brain. Actually, there are different brain-related specialties, and one of those is the Neuropsychology.

A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist trained to identify and treat neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, Stroke, Adult ADHD, Brain Injury, Learning Deficits, and Dementia, among others.

Even though the terminology may sound very complicated, reality is that depending on the test to be performed, your session with a neuropsychologist shouldn’t be intimidating. Remember that we are talking about psychologists with an advanced training in the assessment of brain functionality and behavior, and they are just ready to make you feel comfortable and safe.

Then, the question is who should consult a neuropsychologist?  Contrary to what many people  think, brain-related conditions and diseases are not exclusive to older people or those with a hereditary history.

If you have an already diagnosed condition that can affect the brain, like Parkinson’s disease. If you had an injury, such as a concussion, if you have been exposed to chemicals or substances that can cause brain damage (Poison, drugs, alcohol), or if you have presented symptoms that make you think that something in your brain is not working properly, is definitely a good idea to look for a professional opinion.

Your visit to the neuropsychologist shouldn’t be different from visits with other doctors, so prepare yourself by taking notes with questions, concerns or comments that you would like to address during your visit. Make sure you eat and rest before so nothing affects your testing or consultation.

Now, what kind of tests are performed by the neuropsychologist? It depends on each case, but they are basically designed to evaluate your brain functions and limits. Some of them may include specific questions, organizational, linguistic, memory or reasoning tasks for you to perform. Although, some of the results may be available immediately afterwards, in general, it may take a few weeks before you receive complete results from your specialist.

Don’t worry, the terminology may sound complicated, but a good specialist would make the difference for you. Make sure to choose someone with the proper training and credentials.

If you have questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember that at Hallandale Medical Center we are here to serve you.

 

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