Who Sees A Neuropsychologist

Many persons referred for evaluation are diagnosed with a physical condition, and present to understand the degree of impairment, functional ability, or rehabilitation potential as a result of their health. Common disorders include cerebrovascular accidents (i.e., strokes), brain cancers, head trauma, degenerative diseases, demyelinating diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis), epilepsy, infectious and inflammatory diseases, and dementias. Physicians also refer individuals to discriminate between neurological and psychological disorders, as many psychological disturbances may appear as a neurological impairment.

The evaluation can be used to determine what types of assistance a person needs in decision-making or care, and to help plan for future needs.

Children are commonly referred for the evaluation of learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, developmental delays and abnormalities, or to assess for disorders on the Autism spectrum.