Although doctors are able to look at scans and images of the brain, pictures do not always show how the brain is working and how the brain has been injured. By doing a neuropsychological evaluation, doctors are able to see how your brain is functioning. These tests will also help you understand how your abilities and mood have changed. Once you have completed the evaluation process, your health care providers will be able to provide recommendations that will help you and your family to develop a plan for getting better.
To help answer questions about living to the best of my abilities:
When can I go back to work?
Can I start driving again?
Can I live by myself or do I need to live with my parents?
What kind of accommodations do I need for school?
Am I depressed or am I just tired?
Are my memory problems a part of normal aging?
To understand your current strengths and weaknesses.
To see how my abilities change over time.
To help your rehabilitation team come up with the best treatment plan for your current difficulties.
To help you make decisions about returning to work or school.
To help you be more successful at work or school, or live more independently.
To make recommendations for additional treatment that will help you with recovery.
To refer you to other professionals who can help you.
To provide information if you are involved in a court case.
To provide you with some ways to cope with impairments and improve relationships.
To provide information, resources, or recommendations to your family as they help you with recovery.
To help document your disability (e.g., social security claims).
To help determine if psychotherapy or cognitive rehabilitation could help you.