A neurologist may recommend a neuropsychological consultation when it is suspected that injury or illness involving the brain has resulted in cognitive, behavioral, and/or emotional deficits.
¬†Referrals are typically made to assist in the diagnosis of medical, neurological, and psychological conditions to assess their impact on an individual’s functioning and to identify necessary treatments and interventions.¬† A neuropsychological consultation may be required as part of a disability determination and in forensic or legal proceedings.¬†
It is particularly helpful for the following conditions:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Degenerative neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
- Seizure disorder
- Pre- and post- neurosurgical evaluation
- Medical illness
- Effects of toxic chemicals, drugs, and medications
- Psychiatric disturbances
A neuropsychological consultation can confirm or clarify diagnoses and identify a patient’s strengths and weaknesses to guide treatments, document changes in functioning over time, and assist with rehabilitation and vocational counseling.