What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a formal assessment of mood, personality and cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, concentration and problem solving) that is conducted by a certified neuropsychologist. Research has shown that many people with Parkinson’s disease have other non-motor-related symptoms such as depression and anxiety that can affect mood, personality and thinking skills.
What does a neuropsychological evaluation do?
This type of evaluation determines if a person’s cognitive abilities have been affected.
- Establishes a baseline so that changes in cognitive abilities, mood and personality can be monitored over time to provide better treatment.
- Helps the person make decisions about work.
- Educates family members about how brain disease has affected a person’s cognitive abilities and personality so they can better help and understand.
- Provides information for a doctor in order to help with medication selection to reduce side effects or improve cognition.