What happens during a neuropsychological assessment
A neuropsychological assessment usually consists of 2 two-hour sessions. It starts with discussion about your memory, concentration and thinking, as well as your education, work and medical history.
You will then be asked to complete some puzzles and to answer various questions. There is quite a variety of different tasks, which are generally short and reasonably interesting. You are welcome to take breaks when tired. Almost all tasks are very easy at the start and with time become increasingly difficult. You do not need to answer everything correctly to do well.
I am happy to answer all your questions about the assessment and its outcome. However, I will only be able to tell you how you went at the end of the assessment.
What to bring to the assessment
- A list of medications you are currently taking
- Any previous reports (e.g. medical, neuropsychological) that you may have
- Spectacles or a hearing aid if you use them
Your privacy is important to us. Therefore, you need to be aware of several issues.
1. Most importantly, if the assessment is conducted for legal purposes, any information that you provide to us during the interview and testing may be included in the report, and there is no possibility to keep anything you tell the clinician 'off the records'.
2. The report will be provided to your lawyer or to the agency that referred you for the assessment. You will be asked to provide us with a formal permission to release the report to them. Please be aware that the reports and the information contained in them may be discussed in court or released to other parties. If concerned, please discuss with your lawyer the use of the report.
3. This practice will not disclose any information nor will it ask any questions of any party other than yourself or the referring agency without your written and signed permission.
4. Please be aware that all the documentation of the assessment can be requested by the court.
5. If we believe that you are likely to harm yourself or others, or if we believe that neglect or abuse is taking place we are obliged to inform the appropriate authorities.