Changes in cognition and academic performance resulting from neurological damage or disease can be accurately assessed by way of neuropsychological evaluation. Individuals are commonly referred for cognitive difficulty associated with:

Concussion
The term “concussion” is often used interchangeably with” mild traumatic brain injury” or “MTBI” to describe an injury resulting from sports-related activity. Concussions usually involve a brief loss of consciousness or altered mental state that is accommodated by some of the following symptoms within a 24-hour period:
– Headache
– Dizziness
– Vomiting
– Nausea
– Drowsiness
– Blurred Vision

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A TBI results from a hit, jolt, or penetrating injury to the brain that disrupts an individual’s normal brain functioning. TBI’s can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the level of impairment, duration of lost consciousness, and degree of altered mental status.

Epilepsy
Neuropsychological evaluations can assist neurologists and neurosurgeons by way of providing neurocognitive data that can help localize the source of seizure activity within the brain and assess cognitive function both pre- and post-operatively if surgical resection is being considered. If you or a loved one is affected by epilepsy, consult with your neurologist or a staff member at PsychBreak to determine if a neuropsychological evaluation would be of benefit.

Stroke
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), results when blood flow to a specific part of the brain is disrupted long enough to result in an infarction, which is an area of dead or damaged tissue. Depending on the location of the stroke, certain brain functions can be impaired or compromised. A neuropsychological evaluation can help determine the severity and location of cognitive dysfunction after stroke, and also provide important information to rehabilitation teams regarding treatment effectiveness, progress, and return to activities of daily living.

Tumor
The presence of a Central Nervous System (CNS) tumor can impair cognitive functioning depending on the location, size, and grade of the tumor. A neuropsychological evaluation can provide pre- and post-operative data relative to cognitive functions that might be sensitive to surgery. Additionally, a neuropsychological evaluation can identify cognitive functions that need to be the focus of rehabilitation as well as help determine if an individual is ready to return to work or school.