What is Neuropsychological Testing?
Your doctor has ordered Neuropsychological Testing for you. Neuropsychological
Testing is the study of how your brain works. This study helps your doctor to decide on
the cause of your symptoms and plan the best treatment for you.
People have Neuropsychological Testing for many different reasons. Sometimes people
have had head injuries or a medical diagnosis that affects how their brain works. Other
times, people begin to have difficulties they hadn’t noticed before and are concerned
about why they are having them.
During the Neuropsychological testing, there are many different tests that you will be
given. Some of the tests use a paper and pencil. Other tests use the computer or by
talking with the person you work with. The tests measure your memory, attention,
processing of information, speech/language, problem solving, and ways of coping with
stress. The tests can become difficult, which can become slightly uncomfortable. The
person working with you will be there to encourage you and plan for breaks.
After the testing, the Neuropsychologist will create a report that will go to your doctor.
This can take about 1-2 weeks, so be sure to make a follow-up appointment with your
referring doctor at least 2 weeks after your Neuropsychology appointment. Your
referring doctor will be able to go over the test results with you and will learn more about
why you are having difficulties with your brain. You may then be referred to another
specialist such as a speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
Your doctor may also request you have special accommodations at school or work.
For more information, visit the UW Health website at www.uwhealth.org or call us
at (608) 263-5430 or toll free 800-323-8942.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call
if you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with
your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical
condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on
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