Neuropsychological Assessment

You may have been referred for a neuropsychological assessment. This involves you meeting with your neuropsychologist so they can find out more about how your neurological illness or injury has affected you.


Throughout this section you will find comments from patients who have used the service.

 

What happens in the first session?

The first session will be a conversation where you can tell the neuropsychologist about your concerns. The psychologist will ask you questions about your thinking (cognition), mood, behaviour and goals. They may also ask you about your education, occupation and other medical conditions. Sometimes psychometric tests are carried out in this first session (Anne Rowling Clinic) but in other services, at the end of the first session you can decide with your neuropsychologist whether any further assessment would be helpful. 

Sessions last approximately 60 minutes (although this can vary between services).

 

How did you feel before your first neuropsychology appointment?

​"I was nervous before the appointment, I didn't really know what to expect and I suppose the 'psychology' side can make you think of all sorts of 'getting your head looked at' kind of thoughts. In a way though this also made it intriguing as I am anxious to get to grips with the issues I have"
"I was hoping for some kind of miracle as I was feeling very frustrated with myself. I tried to keep an open mind and tried to read up on it before attending so I wasn't feeling completely unaware."


What was it actually like when you met your psychologist?

"It was good to meet the neuropsychologist and I found it very easy to open up.​ Part of living with a degenerative neurological condition is dealing with other people's reactions and cushioning their feelings, so it is valuable to have a neutral listener who can provide support and strategies. I surprised myself with how much I was able to talk and it is great to be able to talk someone and not worry about their response."
"I felt comfortable and confident enough to share my experiences. It was very welcoming. I was offered a drink and there were tissues if I needed them."

​"I felt at ease and did find it helpful. It's always nice to get feedback on your life and feelings from a complete stranger. You feel you are getting impartial advice." 


What happens if we decide to do further testing?

A more detailed assessment can be carried out using paper and pencil tests. We do not carry out scans or blood tests but can request them if we think they would be helpful. Each test will be explained to you and you have a chance to ask questions.

  

And when I have finished those tests?

Once the results have been scored they will be discussed with you and you can comment on them. A plan can then be made about how to support you with your goals and in managing any difficulties that were found.


If there was one piece of advice you could give to someone referred to the service, what would it be?

"Go for it! Seize the opportunity because​ this is for you! We cannot control the path that a neurological disease will take but by using services such as this you gain strategies and support methods that will help you take control as much as you can."
" You won't lose anything if you try to gain something because you can say to yourself you tried. There's a lot of knowledge you can gain."
"Take full advantage of it! It will be useful to make notes."

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Last Reviewed: 21/10/2015