Assessment Information for Patients
Neuropsychology is the study of how brain functioning affects behavior.
By looking at the brain throughout the course of early development, and evaluating aspects of brain functioning from childhood to adulthood, an evaluation allows one to identify specific strength and weaknesses. This information can then be used to inform diagnoses, and to develop a treatment plan responsive to the patient’s needs.
There are a number of steps taken when conducting an evaluation. This includes an initial intake that is focused on gathering information about presenting concerns and history. Dr. Ayvazian then determines if testing is necessary and, if so, which tests are appropriate. Subsequent to this, Dr. Ayvazian will meet with the patient and perform the necessary testing. Test result are then interpreted, and recommendations are made based on those test results and the concerns of the patient.
There are some signs to look for when making the decision to have as assessment. These include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Depressed or anxious mood
- Mood swings, agitation, or personality changes
- Anger outbursts, argumentativeness, irritability, hostility, or aggressive behavior
- Diminished energy, interest, or motivation
- Loneliness, isolation, or withdrawal
- Helplessness, hopelessness, or pessimism
- Increased insecurity or fear or being alone
- Regressive behavior or over-dependence
- Suspiciousness, paranoia, delusional thinking, or hallucinations
- Disorganization or hoarding behavior
- Frequent fears about death, or wanting to die
Once testing is complete, a report is written that outlines the results of testing, and discusses recommendations targeting areas of need. A detailed set of treatment recommendations and referrals are provided to enable you to address problem areas.