Do you feel you are just not as mentally sharp as you used to be?
Do you find it hard to consistently focus and stay on task?
Do you find yourself relying on Post-it notes or calendars more than you had to in the past?
Do you struggle to find the word you want to use when you’re speaking?
Do you feel frustrated when you confide about your struggles to friends or family, only to have them dismiss your concerns?
Do you wish you had one provider who would take a look “at the big picture” to give you a fuller understanding of your brain functioning?
If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, a neuropsychological evaluation may be appropriate.
Individuals are often referred for a neuropsychological evaluation by a doctor, and other times people seek out evaluations on their own. Evaluations are helpful if someone has struggles with some aspect of their brain functioning, such as attention, memory, and word retrieval.
Sometimes there is a significant event that caused the problem, such as a concussion/head injury, stroke, or chemotherapy. Some conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, can effect brain functioning. Other times, the reason for the problem is not clear.
The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to understand how your brain is functioning so we know how to help you.
The Neuropsychological Assessment occurs in three stages:
- Inform: Fill out an intake form and send it back to Dr. Palmer at least one week prior to the appointment. This will allow her to make the most efficient use of your time together. This is your opportunity to let Dr. Palmer know what your concerns are so she can tailor the evaluation to meet your unique needs.
- Participate: Come to the testing appointment and participate in the neuropsychological evaluation. There is no need to prepare anything; just try and get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious meal prior to your appointment.
- Learn: The feedback appointment will occur approximately 2 weeks after the evaluation. You will receive feedback about your results, and we will discuss comprehensive recommendations that will allow you to take control of your brain health.
What to Expect During the Evaluation
After reviewing your history, Dr. Palmer will administer a series of tests. Many tests are verbal, such as listening to Dr. Palmer read information and then repeating back what you remember. Some tests are visual, such as putting blocks together to make designs. Computerized tests may also be administered. Finally, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your mood.
Most appointments last 3-4 hours. Because everyone’s situation is unique, some people will need more time, while others need less. We encourage you to bring a bottled water and light snack if you wish. Dr. Palmer will offer you periodic breaks during the evaluation.
At this time, the Center for NeuroPotential only offers neuropsychological evaluations for adults ages 18 and older. If you are looking for an evaluation for a child, please ask your child’s pediatrician for a referral.
At the Center for NeuroPotential, Dr. Palmer is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She can provide you with paperwork to submit to other insurances to help you access your out-of-network benefits. We recommend that you call your insurance company to learn about your coverage. When calling your insurance, reference procedure code 96118, which is the code for neuropsychological evaluations.
Please be aware that many insurance companies do not consider neuropsychological testing for ADHD and learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia) to be medically necessary, and therefore may not cover the evaluation.